Malawian hip-hop artists Tay Grin says he has spent a whopping K5.5 million (about US$7,500) on the production of the ‘Chipapapa’ music video.
He features in Chipapapa song Nigeria’s music legend 2Baba aka 2Face.
In a statement, Tay Grin said he flew to South Africa a week ago to meet 2Baba and proceeded to the shooting of the video in the gold mining town of Nigel in Gauteng Province.
Tay Grin and his Nigerian counterpart have been working with South Africa’s innovative production company Pilot Films on the video, directed by legendary director Bruce Patterson who has created noteworthy music videos for big South African artists such as Teargas, KO, Donald and Mi Casa, just to name but a few.
According to the rapper, it is time for Malawi to claim its spot on the African music scene and compete with the best of the best on the continent and overseas.
“Our colleagues have set levels and the music industry has become a serious business not something we should keep doing for fun. Malawi must move with time and follow the trends.
“Our friends are making major investments and that’s why we have seen the music and showbiz industries boom in all these countries that we now look up to, right here in Africa. Hence we need to do the same and spare no cost,” reads a statement sent to Nyasa Times.
He adds: “We need to get ourselves emphatically fit to play in this major league with our counterparts, that way we will make all these big moves together.”
The making of “Chipapapa” video has got so much hype on social media as fans and other Malawian public figures in the industry seem to be impatiently waiting for the next big thing from Malawi in collaboration with Nigeria.
Nyau King triggered the hype when he decided to post on his official Facebook and Twitter pages about how the making of the video progressed.
“I can’t keep it in anymore; let me share some of the beautiful moments during the #CHIPAPAPA video shoot. I can’t wait for you guys to see it. #2016GOALS #MALAWINIGERIA #CHIPAPAPA @official2baba,” posted Tay Girn.
Tip rapper Piksy tweeted: “Chipapapa Video will be fire. Good work @Tay_Grin“.
“Chipapapa” video features a variety of super models and Soweto’s finest dancers. Styling was done by South Africa’s Maestro Holdings and Lilongwe’s deputy mayor Kwame Bandawe also makes a cameo in the video.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :