Lulu opens Mathumela recording studio, speaks out

Renowned Malawian R&B pioneer Lawrence Khwisa, popularly known as Lulu has opened a his music studio in Lilongwe.

Nyasa Times correspondent asked Lulu about his new project in this exclusive interview. Excerpts:

N T: Tell us more about Mathumela Studios?

Lulu: Mathumela studio is my recording studio which I have opened in Kawale, Lilongwe. I have always had this dream of having a music studio for ages but now I know that God’s time is the best here. I proudly own one of the best studios in town as far as music production is concerned.

Lulu: Into music production

N T: What makes you think Mathumela studios is one of the best in town bearing in mind that there are lots of studios nowadays?

Lulu: You’re right, almost on every corner there is a studio nowadays but mind you it’s not all that shine that should make you conclude that its diamond.  Am saying this because when ever some guys own a computer what the start to think is producing music. More especially when they have microphones, speakers and small mixers they tend to rush and produce  half baked songs which at the end of the day spoils everything. Here at Mathumela studios we have acquired hi-tech equipment as far as music production is concerned. We are capable of conducting live recordings. We are producing clean and quality music using equipment such as Guitar padre which produce tune that usually leaves people speechless.

N T: How many producers do you have at Mathumela studios?

Lulu: As of now I produce each and every work from Mathumela unless when I need a session artist like Dan Subale who does a mature and fine saxophone and flute.

N T: People know you as a singer and a performer when did you became a musical producer?

Lulu: (laughs) I has been a producer for a long time my brother. Actually I produce almost all of my albums. I have worked with late Mwanyama in his studio and I have also worked with M C studios for quite some time.

N T: So far how many artist have you worked with at your newly Mathumela studios?

Lulu: Am currently working on Lucius Banda soon to be released album. Ii have done a single with Skeffa Chimoto and am also working on this promising star called Rejected.


N T: What advices do you give to upcoming musicians who intend to venture into music?

Lulu: My advise will be when you feel like you have what it takes to sing make sure you do practice
a lot. Sometimes singing seems easy but I can assure you that it needs hard work and practice.
I remember reading somewhere that failing to prepare is as good as preparing to fail.
So whenever I come across someone who is not good or prepared enough I give the advice to go
and polish up their act.

N T: Being a producer how has that helped you musically?

Lulu: It make me become more astute with the art of music as I share new ideas with so many talents.

N T:  Any statement you would want to make in conclusion?

Lulu; Mathumela is here to stay and am here to change the dynamics of music production in Malawi. Talent is there but it just need us to work together and put mother Malawi on world map musically.

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