Tay Grin says Chipapapa video has cost him K5.5mil

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.

Tay Grin (right) with 2Baba and crew during the shoot. Photo – Tay Grin

Tay Grin (right) with 2Baba and crew during the shoot. Photo – Tay Grin

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 shooting of Chipapapa video in South Africa-Photo credit @Tay Grin.

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.

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Francis Kaisi

A Malawi umbuli. Shooting a music video costs a lot of money than recording a song. Think of fees for the collaboration, flight tickets accommodation.For example.It cost $200,000 to do a collaboration with NiC Minaj. MK5.5 mukuti yachulukayo is a mare R137,000. Please don’t think like chickens mukutichitsa manyazi ndi nyasi mukulembazi. Any way big up Tay Grin. We are behind you I hope other artist wil follow.

Evans experience jombo

All the best boss

dee kay

So 5.5 million what? ZA cashgate mukunyadiranso? Mukathandizenso kuba ma vote ena adzapatsani cheke china. Paja ndinu munaitana Ligomeka kukakuthandizani kuba, pano mwapanga hire company ya kunja.

Dausi Bonongwe

nsanje ai mfanayu wadza ndi lumo lakutwa




ndiye……titani ife …….mabi basi

chikumbutso Gundo

man do you want to tell me kuti 2FACE amadaliranso nthumba mwanu? anyway mwina mudzatenga nawo award.


Kunena zoona, who shoots Videos for 5 Meta? kuuza ana chani.

Francis Kaisi

Big up T. Grin. Umatichotsa manyazi makamaka ife anthu wofuna za boo !!!!! takunyadila. Ife kuno ku SA we will fully support you.


Mwationjeza man… 5.5 million nkhani yake??
inde ndalamazo ndizanu koma ka video kanuko kangokoma kwa mwezi umozi bas.. bola ikanakhala film bwezi tikuonebe mpakana kale kwambili. Nyimbo yakupangisani phuma kwambili, mwayimva kukoma.

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