Malawi’s legendary musician Lucius Banda who is also Balaka North legislature for United Democratic Front (UDF) has unveiled his plans to release a new album.
This will be Banda’s 19th album and according to the artist, the project will be completed by April 2017.
Making the announcement through Facebook, the musician who is commonly called ‘soldier’ said his new 13 track album will be titled ‘CRIMES’.
He said it has taken him two years to compose the songs.
” The 13 songs written in a space of two years…….in two weeks time we are going into studios…………. album title Crimes” announced Banda through a message posted on Facebook posted on Wednesday 25th January, 2017.
But the musician who is known to be a political and social commentator did not disclose more information on what Malawians should expect from his latest project.
Throughout his music career which has lasted over two decades, Banda has been a critic to almost all Malawian governments played a role of being a voice for the voiceless.
But after releasing his 18th album which was titled ‘Thank You’ in 2015, Banda seemed to be giving up on fighting for the rights and freedom of people who he said are inactive and seem not to care, feel concerned or ashamed of their problems.
In December 2016, he reached the extent of labelling the current crop of Malawian youths a ‘pathetic generation’ who are only good at socializing instead of standing up and fight for their rights and
“I am tired of singing because you [youths] just sit down. You are a pathetic generation. It’s up to you; you are the young people, I am no longer a young man anymore. In the next three or four years I will be
50 years old” Banda said this during one of his live performances in the Northern Region City of Mzuzu.
He accused youths of today and Malawians in general of being loyal to their political parties even when knowing that their leaders are on the wrong side in doing something.
“Today, people are loyal to their party even if they know that their leaders are wrong. It is difficult to fight for such people,” said Banda.
This kind of message is what will keep Malawians wondering and scratching their heads as they itch for Banda’s next album the message it will carry.
But the title of the new project itself [Crimes], speaks alot of volumes that he is back in town with his usual style of criticizing.
Banda shot to fame in early 1990’s when he released his debut album ‘Son of a poor man’.
He denounced the then rule of the late Ngwazi Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda who with ruled Malawi with his Iron Fist for over three decades.
The album had great songs like, Mabala, Down Babylon, Mzimu wa Gadama among others.
Since then, Banda has released popular albums including Take Over, Jah, Yahwe, Not Easy Lord, Enemy, Survivor, Life and the list goes on.
In recognition of his great talent and contribution towards music in the country, the celebrated musician was given the title ‘Sir’.
He started singing at the age of 23.