Lawi’s ‘Sunset in the sky’ album gets public approval

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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Who is he? A gospel artist or secular artist? And I hope he has stopped being a Peter Mawanga copycat in this album.


I dont even knw a single song ya Peter Mawanga and u claim Lawi copies him? Hey man?
Lawi z an informed artist and original and cant compare him ndi ma copy casts a pamalawi panowa..


unfortunately you way behind everybody else, it would have done you good if you took time to inquire and get more information about Lawi than embarrass yourself in public due to failure to stay ahead of time. Shame on you.


it helps to understand that if Lawi copies Peter Mawanga,then Peter is supposed to be far more popular,unfortunately there are other people who doesnt even know Peter,face the facts bro,Lawi is a king in soul music,,,

That’s thinking using the lungs! By the way, Mawanga is much famous among the white folks and has graced more international stages than his copycat. The fact remains, Lawi is a Peter Mawanga copycat!! Google, Peter Mawanga’s Zanga Zo Zama, and you’ll appreciate my sentiment. I know Lawi from way back when he used to sing ‘kindergarten’ songs the likes of Amenyere kankhuku, Chineke God. He only switched to afro-jazz in 2011/12. That time Mawanga was already an accomplished afro-pop/jazz singer and his love for simple accoustic soulful music is what Lawi is currently doing (of course, better). By the… Read more »

Who is he? -He is Lawi. A gospel artist or secular artist? -He’s very multitalented mbuyanga, you can’t understand him. Just take time to listen to his songs. Frankly speaking, this is my first day kumva kuti kuli oyimba ochedwa Peter Mawanga & if u r saying kuti amabela nyimbo za mbale wakoyu nde kuti unamvela kale nyimbo za Lawi. Malawians let’s promote our own artists

very typical of dunderhead malawians who rush to quash a claim even when they dont have any information. When they say lets devalue the currency, kutsutsa as if you are economists…. lets sell the maize, kutsutsa….. export ban on maize, kutsutsa. ban lifted kutsutsa. you claim you have never heard of Mawanga and yet you say Lawi doesnt copy him!! COME ON! no logic there. the simplest thing you have to do is find Mawanga’s songs and then come up with a well informed opinion. I know both artists and their taste of music is not dissimilar. But Lawi came… Read more »

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