MBC starts playing Lucius Banda songs, ban lifted

Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), a state-controlled broadcaster, has started playing the music of one the country’s top musicians, Lucius Banda, effectively lifting the ban  which was put on his songs on his latest album which expressed criticism of the late president Bingu wa Mutharika’s government,

Lucius is one of the most popular musicians in the country with 16 albums to his name. He was once himself a politician and a Member of Parliament.

Since President Joyce Banda ascended to the top job following the death of Mutharika , Banda’s songs are now enjoying airplay on the station’s airwaves.

Lucius Banda: Songs back on state broadcaster MBC

He has several albums to his credit including “Son of a poor man”, “Unity”, “Survivor”, “Cease Fire”, “Down Babylon”, “Freedom” and “Life”. He is one of the few musicians who took a stand against the one-party system of government in 1993.

In the 1980s Banda began his music career singing gospel songs as part of the Alleluya Band, but eventually branched out on his own to produce music that would “sensitize people to regain their conscience.”

Banda released his first solo album in 1993.  The track “Mabala” which means “wounds” was critical of the ruling Kamuzu Banda regime, which he said afflicted pain on those already living in absolute poverty.

In 2001 when then President Bakili Muluzi attempted a third term, Banda released the song “How Long.”

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