Local DJs expect that Malawian Christian rapper Suffix’s latest song Mkazi Wa Kumwamba, which features vocalist/guitarist Faith Mussa, will be the next big hit in the country.
Mkazi Wa Kumwamba, Suffix’s second release following his 2015 return from a two-year music hiatus, was released on Friday, 12 February.
Five days after release, the track which sees the two gifted artists rap and sing about marriage tribalism in Malawi, has become one of the most-talked and played song on the land.
It is also among the most downloaded songs on the local music platform, malawi-music.com, placed on number three in the Top 10 tracks this week, two steps below Tay Grin feat. 2Baba Chipapapa and Gwamba’s Better feat. Emm Q & Tammy.
The track has amassed 23,804 downloads on the website alone, making it the second most-downloaded Christain rap song after Better, which to date has received 86,768 downloads, three weeks after release.
“Overall ‘Mkazi Wa Kumwamba’ is a hit because the response is already positive in terms of radio play,” saidJoy Nathu, a radio and club DJ working with state broadcaster MBC Radio 2FM.
Nathu observed that Mkazi Wa Kumwamba a song where Suffix shows his versatility as an artist by rapping in a more secular way while being observant of his gospel hip hop roots.
He commented further: “The song is interesting because it talks about a general issue that raises questions as to how one can choose a lifelong partner, and the answer is found right in the song.
“And the decision to bring in Faith Mussa makes the song unique because of his great vocals and helps explain more on the theme. It’s a very nice song because it’s mature and entertaining.”
Joy FM radio DJ Marcus Pasanje, who is also a music producer and rapper, also gave positive reviews of the song.
“Personally I really love that song. As a rapper he [Suffix] is on point, and having Faith [Mussa] on it will help attract a wider audience, it has all the qualities and potential to become the next Malawian hit,” explained Marcus, adding “Let’s hope others will appreciate it the way I do.”
Suffix, real name Aubrey George Ghambi, is a gospel rapper based in Blantyre. Before we went on a break, he releaseda mixtape titled D.O.S.
Previously, Suffix released several singles including Necessary Noise, Ulendo Wa Kumwamba and his 2015 comeback song D.Y.M.
D.Y.M, which got 30,000 downloads across Africa, was featured on the world’s largest Christian hip-hop online magazine Rapzilla.
Suffix is currently ranked number 17 on the Top 20 list of Africa’s most influential Christian hip-hop artists.
The 25-year-old has featured on Zambia’s award-winning producer/artist Mag44’s album Brave Only. Other notable collaborations are with Zambian artist/producer Geo and DJ Traffik, and Malawi’s David Kalilani.
In 2015 he toured Zambiaand shared stages with celebrated artists including Lotahouse’s Pompi, Mag44 and Tim.
Suffix has been produced by Daredevilz, Dhalie Beats, DJ Sley, BFB, Sticky Stacks, Zambia’s Stone and others.
He is currently working with artists across the continent, from South Africa’s Lilly Million to Nigerian Limoblaze, Kenyan Astar, Ugandan Ruyonga and Zambia’s Olivia, among others.
Listen to Suffix Mkazi Wa Kumwamba.