Malawi’s cerebrated musician ‘Soldier’ launches 17th Album in Cape Town

Malawian top rated and unquestionable music heavy weight Lucius ‘Soldier’ Banda will send Malawians in Cape Town into hysteria when he launches his 17th Album at the weekend.

Banda who is already in the mother City is scheduled to  launch “Time Album” on Friday evening ( June 28) at Platinum Lounge situated at 88 short market street between Bree and Loop Street in Cape Town’s Central Business District (CBD).

On Saturday afternoon ( June 29) the talented and creative musician will proceed to launch the ‘Time Album’ at Ukhanyo Primary School in Fish Hoek and later in the evening at aMadoda—a popular meat braai and drinking place in Woodstock.

In an interview with Nyasa Times on Wednesday afternoon Banda said his Time Album was recorded in Malawi and South Africa and first launched in Blantyre and Lilongwe in March.

Lucius Banda: Time for South Africa shows
Lucius Banda: Time for South Africa shows

“This is my return to Cape Town in a space of two years,” said Banda.

He said he had worked on ‘Time’ for one year before it was launched.

“The response is very good looking at how many comments I’m getting from fans. It’s (Time Album comprises of) seventeen tracks and much of it is fun love songs and a little bit of gospel. It’s not really concentrating on politics,” he said.

He was prompted to shift from political songs and focus on love and fun songs after the death of former President Bingu WaMutharika.

“Bingu was such a calamity that we were all thinking of ways and means of surviving him but after his demise I think there is a little bit of relief. After a battle people sing songs to relax and rejoice waiting to see which politicians to start hammering on,” he said.

Among singles enjoying airtime on local radios in Malawi was Paulendo, Mphawi uja, he said.

“Paulendo is a motivational song the emphasis is on where you are going. It talks things about the way people struggle when they are young and they don’t have food but if they focus and keep their dream they end up being big bosses in big company. It (Paulendo track) its just encouraging,” he said.

He said the launch of his newest album “comprises of my 17-years journey of my career so expect to listen songs from Mabala album”.

He said he was going to give Malawians in Cape Town a 24-hour performance.

Commenting on the political  landscape in Malawi he said while he was trying to take a low profile in politics the political landscape in the country is “okay and now that we are heading into the tripartite elections it will be interesting,”.

Antony Mwanza, 37. who has been living in Cape Town for seven years said he was looking forward to see the same ‘Soldier that I know from home’.

He said he fell in love with Soldiers music in the early 90’s when he was performing with his elder brother Paul Banda.

“I can’t wait for this opportunity to see Lucius perform live in Cape Town after so many years. The last time I went to his live shows was back home,” said Mwanza.

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