Malawi’s Hip Hop queen, Rina on Wednesday took to social media to announce an album and express her displeasure over lack of urban music albums in the country.
Her concerns follow the blackout of albums in 2016, a year which saw a handful of artists releasing albums.
“Why are artists so afraid of releasing albums these days? Back when I started out releasing one was a guaranteed token of respect from others. I understand we need to break bread but what happened to the artform, to being brave? What happened to the passion?” Rina queried.
She added: “Stream links & views. When promoting your music was done via radio, events and press, that’s when you could cut the weeds from crop. Easy accessibility to new promotion tools have both made and crippled the industry.”
The “Moto” hit maker then took time to salute Sonye, Dominant One, Third Eye, Young Love and Tay Grin for putting out outstanding albums.
“Remember how excited people were when @Tay_Grin dropped his album proudly African was it? Had the chanco tour where he had giveaways n stuff. I remember genuinely being excited to hear the New @D1malawi or the New @ThirdEyeMalawi coz when it came to albums that was the standard,” she recounted on twitter.
“The amount of pride we as artists had when we dropped an album even if we sold only 200 copies! The journey was a drive. It was elevation.
“I promise you this. If my plan works out the way I want it to. RINA WILL DROP AN ALBUM IN 2017,” Rina revealed.
Some of this year’s notable projects include Acoustic Heart- Saint, Captain Long John- Physix, Flawless Heart- Malinga Mafia, White elephant- Theo Thomson and Worth the Wait – Bucci.
According to media reports, Gwamba’s “Jesus is my boss” and Third Eye’s “Highly Underrated” albums are due this month.
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