Francis Kalawe’s newest music video “Dzuka Malawi” has been banned from showing on state broadcaster MBCtv.
Directed by Sukez of HD Plus Creations, the video is indisputably one of the best productions on the local scene thus far, creativity and picture quality combined.
Sources at the government-controlled TV station said producers were ordered to stop playing the video because “the message was very strong and sensitive to government”.
‘Dzuka Malawi’ came out on 19 August and was first played on MBCtv on 23 August, but went off air in less than a week.
The song, produced by Janta and features Ennoh, tackles social, economic and political issues facing the country and the people of Malawi.
In the first verse Kalawe raps:
…ndaona street kid alipakona, akhozakupangidwa adopted, koma Malawi akudikira Madonna Mesa Kamuzuamkati kwacha, bwanjiaMalawiambiriakanagona
Dzuka Malawi dzuka, kwazaka 50 wakhalaukugona
Kungopandakudzukaupeza TZ yalandanyanja
Don’t legalise homosexuals, amunasangamangebanja
Enoh appears on the chorus and with his captivating voice he sings:
Dzuka Malawi iwedzuka, lijandikaleunanayambakugona
Dzuka Malawi iwedzukaakulemerandiobwelataona
Dzuka Malawi iwedzukatimangedzikotonsepamoza
Dzuka Malawi iwedzuka (dzuka Malawi iwedzuka)
The lyrics also talk about the devaluation of the Malawi Kwacha, the issue of Federal Republic and further questions what happened to the investigations on the death of EvisonMatafale, the KayelekeraUranium Mine deal and poor tobacco prices, among other contentious matters.
While confirming he had received communication from on the ban imposed on his video, the Lilongwe-based artist, full name Francis Kalawe, said he was disturbed as he was misinterpreted.
“It’s a song which is all about facts. I meant well and I thought government would appreciate it because it tackles issues that we need to work on for the good of the nation.
“The song shouldn’t be viewed politically. I will be happy if it is viewed as setting a pace for a development agenda with emphasis on individual initiative, patriotism and accountability,” explained the artist.
Kalawe said artists have the responsibility to tackle issues affecting the people and the nation as a whole.
“My motto is to change the face of urban music. I chose this path, different from just singing that am the best, which is what characterizes the urban music scene now, am doing music to make a difference,” he added.
Despite being banned from the government controlled broadcaster, the video is getting heavy rotations on private-owned Times TV, Zodiak TV and Luso TV.
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