Female musician Upile Malenga, better known by her stage name Rina, will this week be releasing her debut album ‘Fame Academy’.
The 22-year-old versatile lady-artist discloses in an interview with Nyasa Times that the long-awaited hip-hop/R&B album will hit the market before Christmas.
“Fame Academy is complete, we are now packaging the album and it will be out on December 17,” says the Blantyre-based songwriter, rapper and singer.
Rina, a business management student at Blantyre International University (BIU), started working on the 14-track album almost two years ago.
In Fame Academy, Rina wants to succeed and do well in the music industry, saying “the album is the sound of my journey”.
“The theme behind the album is that of a scholar, studying different subjects represented in the genres chosen for the album, the experiences and emotions one endures in the process,” she explains.
Rina adds: “I have a song called ‘Energy’, it’s a dance track that talks about my experience over the past two years in the industry, and how it feels to be on stage performing.”
The album also focuses on up and coming talent on the urban music scene as it features young talent, who Rina describes as “extremely talented.”
Recorded at Dream Sounds and Low Budget studios, ‘Fame Academy’, produced by Rina’s boyfriend Manje, Dominant 1, God’s Favorite and A’Sayin (Zimbabwe), among others features rappers and singers Sean Focus, Armstrong, Kalista, Team Gypsy, Blacka Fella and Zimbabwean Cherish.
Some of the tracks on ‘Fame Academy’ include ‘Never Forget You’, ‘It’s all Good’, ‘Not Like Me’ and her newly-released single ‘Zungulira’ which features Sean Focus, a Malawian rapper who was recently signed to South Africa’s Blayze Entertainment and Ice & Roses.
Further, she discloses the album has two sentimental songs, one dedicated to her late parents Felix and Beatrice Malenga and another dedicated to her daughter, Orianna Beatrice Malenga.
She says her record company, Beatbox Music Entertainment, will start working on her music videos after the festive season.
Rina broke out into the country’s music industry in March 2010 and from then she has also collaborated with major artists and producers in and outside of Malawi among them Tay Grin, Dominant 1, Young Kay, DJ Sonye and Judy from Zambia.
The same year, she shared the stage with international stars Brick n Lace and performed at the Lake of Stars international music festival.
She was nominated for the Malawian Music Awards (MMA) 2011 in the best female category. Rina was also this year chosen to be one of the ambassadors for the Go Green (Climate change) awareness campaign spearheaded by the British Council.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :