They say music is power, yes and as proved, state owned Malawi Broadcasting Corporation Television (MBC TV) has purportedly banned playing ‘Msika Wapsyanso’ music video due to the nature of its message.
Performed by Blackface Family, Poztv Yut, Emperor K and Thiggo Amplifier, the song tackles the controversial infernos razing markets in Malawi and how such fire leave a multitude of traders hands akimbo without a means of earning a living.
According to information at hand, the song has been enjoying airplay but got criticized recently by one of the newly promoted programs manager as having been anti-government.
It is said the song in a way demeans the current authority as having been reluctant on dealing with fire accidents as well as having contingency measures to set aside in such times.
In response to the development, manager for the Black Face Family, Kelvin Sulugwe, confirmed that the rumour mill of the ban has reached them.
“We have heard that senior management at MBC has directed some producers at the television station not to beam the song. If this is true, all I can say is that it is very unfortunate. The song is not political and does not in any way insult the country’s current leadership and the song has been there before the current government,” said Sulugwe.
MBC is state controlled.
The track gives attention to a vendor who is lamenting the fires while ironically blaming authorities for being coy in addressing the issues.
It further revolves around the notion that the infernos will reach a point of not being strange news in town.
Some of the markets that have this year alone been razed down by fire include, the Mzuzu Market, Tsoka Flea Market as well as the Mchesi furniture market in Lilongwe.
The group which released titled Golden Jubilee to celebrate Malawi’s 50th independence anniversary, has worked with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in the ‘Let’s Condomise’ song to raise awareness among young people regarding the importance of condom use.
Blackface Family has just released a Welcome 2015 which can be accessed through this link: http://mdubvibe.com/song-details/?sid=2525
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