New female voice in Malawi hip-hop: Interview with Flo Dee

There is a new voice in Malawian rap music trading under the name Flo Dee. The female rapper, born Florida Chinyumba, came on the scene in June when she dropped her debut love song titled Veke Mphete.

From Blantyre, Flo Dee will be releasing Veke Mphete’s music video on Wednesday, July 2. The track features the sleek voice of Afro Pop/R&B singer Bucci, the co-writer, with the new face in video production, Sukez, on the visuals.

Nyasa Showbiz caught up with the Chilomoni-based hip-hop artist. She takes us through her inspirations and aspirations.

Flo Dee
Flo Dee

Who is Flo Dee?

“Flo Dee is a female rapper who loves music so bad and she is a huge fan of hip-hop. She’s inspired by a lot of artists locally and internationally. On the local scene am inspired by Rina, Young Kay and Bucci of course, while on the international scene it’s Kendrick Lamar and Iggy.”

When and exactly did she venture into rap music?

“I’ve been lip singing for a long time. [Laughs]. But to get serious and coming up with my own stuff, I’ve started jus now, ‘Veke Mphete’ is my first track. The recording started when I started hanging at the studio [Bucci’s]. Been spending much time at the studio, so always wanted to try out [and] that’s how it all started.”

Having launched her music career with Veke Mphete, how does Flo Dee intend to position herself in the game?

Flo Dee and Bucci working together

“I’m dropin’ another single on radio, a tune that I plan to prove what am capable of and how serious I am about what I wanna offer to the industry. I intend to speak for everyone, male and female, I don’t wanna be biased. I’m a rapper and hip-hop is what am in this for, but I’ll fuse Afro Pop and other genres with it. The good thing is am working full time with Bucci and Keim in the studio, so am definitely under good guidance. Am a developing artist but I’m not taking that for an excuse to limit myself from what to offer and what not to. Am also working hand in hand with Nyasa Music with Kelvin Sulugwe.

What’s the title of her next song and when is it due?

“The track is titled Mafumu. It’s more of an inspirational type of track. The concept is about us being Kings and Queens on the throne. It’s like in a Royal Family Bloodline, how it’s meant to be that no matter what, we will be Kings and Queens one day, it’s just a growth process.

The concept is wide, not only for musicians, but how some work hard in school to become somebody some day, how a woman works so hard to feed and provide a good life for her children so that one day she should see them become better parents than her and all, it’s all about hard workers who strive to make it to a good life one day.”

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