Chikondi Suleman, a 30-year-old new music icon had an opportunity of a life time when she was chosen to compose and perform a mini olympic games’ theme song.
The song ‘Njanji’ was performed at the official opening ceremony and it was played throughout the Olympic Games competition at Civo Stadium and Kamuzu Institute for Sports respectively.
Suleman popularly known as Codi disclosed in an interview that she was humbled to perform the theme song at such a big function.
“It came as a surprise to me when I was contacted by Malawi Olympics Committee (MOC). They asked me to compose the song and I did not hesitate to record it,” Suleman said.
Codi said she decided to name the song ‘Njanji’ to motivate and inspire the athletes that were competing in the games.
“As you may know, njanji means a rail. A rail is known to be strong and helpful. Our athletes have proved their strength reaching this level and they will help us put Malawi on international map through athletics,” she explained.
The singer, who has been living in South Africa for the past 12 years, further explained that Malawian artists need to have an identity, pointing out that most musicians in the country are fond of copying music styles from the west.
“We need to bring back traditional songs from the past. It is possible to blend local songs with modern sounds just like our friends in South Africa. By doing so, we could attract both the old and young generation,” Codi said.
At the opening ceremony, she also performed a song titled ‘Mwezi Uwale’ which she blended a well-known old traditional song with what she described as modern Afro centric music.
“Mwezi Uwale is an old Malawian traditional song. I did it so that I would bring back those good memories,” she said.
The singer was previously signed to a South African record label Emabalabala Records under DJ Bongz, but now she is signed to a Lilongwe based record company, Nyimbo Music.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :