Malawi’s music maestro and aspiring Parliamentarian for the opposition United Democratic Front (UDF), Lucius Banda, has composed another theme song for his party ahead of the May 20 Tripartite Elections.
Dubbed Dzuka Malawi, the political campaign song which praises UDF’s youthful Presidential candidate and his running mate, Atupele Austin Muluzi and Dr Godfrey Chapola, respectively, entices voters to vote for the two during the polls.
The musician told Friday’s edition of The Nation newspaper, he composed the campaign and sang the song for the party and is not part of his music career.
Banda was responding to a question on whether the piece has any implications to his music career being one of the country’s most followed and favourite musicians in the country.
The music icon said he understood the impact the song would create to influence voters but defended the move, saying such songs do not form part of his music career.
“Politicians approach artists to compose for them and some artists compose songs on their own. I am a musician and I know the type of music my fans enjoy.
“When I do theme songs it is a contract and people should understand that Dzuka Malawi is not part of my career. I am just the composer and singer and UDF will use it for their own purpose,” Banda told the paper.
In 2004, the multi-award winning musician, also composed and sang another campaign song, Yellow, which sold UDF during that year’s elections.
The song became an instant hit and turned into a national anthem as it went on to be amongst the top music pieces for the following few years.
The former Member of Parliament for Balaka North is currently campaigning to reclaim the constituency which he lost following his conviction after being found guilty of possessing a fake Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE).