For the first time in the history of Malawi’s industry, an artist took his album to the public for scrutiny before the actual launch.
Such was a move by Afrocentric artist Lawi whose album ‘Sunset in the sky’ was taken to the public on Wednesday evening at Cockpit in Lilongwe to give a chance to his fans to critique it.
The album which has 25 songs is to be launched on December 2 at BICC Auditorium in Lilongwe.
From the word go, it was obvious that the audience had positive remarks towards the album.
“This is total maturity in thinking and there is no rushing in production. Here is a person who has showed us that he thinks deep and very poetic,” said Nyamalikiti Nthiwatiwa, a renowned and celebrated poet.
Songs like Timalira, Dance with me and Yalira Ng’oma were also on the play list.
No wonder, due to the audience’s demand, Yalira Ng’oma, a song which has a ngoni dance fusion was double played.
“The song is wonderful. All in all we can say that it is an anthem,” remarked journalist and youth activist Rawjass Siula.
Another poet and writer Shadreck Chikoti summed up the whole production as “something coming from a man who has grown up from each and evert stage he has passed through in the industry.”
“From his early productions like Amati Amandikawe to Sunset in the Sky you see total growth. Every production is a step to another level. Lawi has grown up and is in his own world,” he said.
Taking his turn, Lawi said its high time Malawian artists start promoting their own culture other than copying everything from abroad.
“I always feel happy when my fellow Malawians appreciate my work. Its very encouraging to see my fellow country men believe in my work. This is dream that started four years ago, I always wanted to see into it that one day people will appreciate my work not because I have copied it from somewhere but because I am doing something from Malawi.
“Every time I perform abroad, people always tell me they enjoy my music and they ask what I do back home, I always answer them that I play music. Its high time as musicians we start producing our own music not copying what others are producing out there,” he said.
On the album launch, Law I said it will be “pure fun, a roll coaster and we all know that I don’t pretend.”
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