Stepping ahead: Trumel marks official music journey

The blossoming conscious reggae dancehall artist, Trumel takes up his music to another level as he launches his mix-tape Step Ahead on Sunday June 2, 2013 at Shire Highlands, Blantyre.

Signed under Nde’feyo Music label-a sub-label of Nde’feyo Entertainment-Trumel is set to, officially, draft his name among the best with the world waiting to digest on what this budding reggae dancehall maestro has to offer.

To be backed by Maziko Band, Sunday will distinctly be the innermost moment Trumel would unveil his flair and equanimity as he sets-off his career under the label.

Blackjak, Shoz, Bucci, Mr. President, Sam Chidothi, Eli K, Biriwiri, Armstrong, Kampilintia and Piksy have been lined up to light up the stage for him.


Mix-tape Insight

The mix-tape reflects the vision and determination of this lyrically blessed artist, and comprises of old and new songs including the hit single, Let It Go. All songs have been produced by Trumel himself.

The 14 tracks work of art contains mature and breath-taking songs that encompass various issues people experience in life ranging from love, poverty to success; and the music label describes Trumel’s artistry as “an add up to our effort and commitment to the development of Malawian art through music”.

“Trumale has proven to be another gem to our list of artists with a unique singing talent that spellbinds a soul and motivates the mind in an eccentric way. His style of music adds new flavour to our set up with his conscious reggae dancehall/afro-pop style, highlighting an important dimension to Nde’feyo Music label”.

Meanwhile, the music label is working on Trumel’s Let It Go video to be released soon.

Trumel could hide his excitement about the launch while marveling at his charm of landing the record deal last year.

“Nde’feyo is a bridge to get me to the other side…this is the moment I have been waiting for in my career. As a dancehall artist from Malawi I don’t want to end here, I want to be heard far…being part of Nde’feyo I know where my destiny lies,” Trumel says.

Adding: “I have met a lot that would have made me quit music, but God and the support that I have been getting from people got me here. Thinking of the launch, the excitement just incessantly bubbles up inside me. It’s a dream come true and I am working hard for the show to give out the best of me”.

Trumel biography

Truemale Bonnface was born on April 3, 1983. He hails from Kasungu where he grew up and did his primary education. He did his secondary school in Chiradzulu, his late mom’s home district where he also spent part of his life as a boy, before moving to Blantyre where he attended college.

Growing up with his mother, as his father spent much of his time in Zimbabwe, life was not easy for the young Truemale, but realizing the gift and potential he had, his mother and late aunt encouraged him to nurture his talent in church where he used to sing every Saturday, being a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and his passion for music grew stronger.

He started reading musical books and composing songs, with his first instrument being a self-made gallon guitar.
Loving reggae music and blues, most of all, Truemale spent much of his time listening to well-known artists then, among them reggae legend Bob Marley.

At the age of 20, he decided to take music as a career and he has grown to be one of the most talented dancehall singers, song-writers and producers in Malawi.

Apart from old-timers and the crop of modern dancehall artists such as Gyptian and Jah Cure, Trumale also gets his inspiration from the environment that he has grown in and lives, having experienced life in both rural and urban Malawi, the artist says he has got so much to share with the people, and on the other hand, gives him a positive punch, personally and musically.

He has been strong enough to stand and come up with compelling compositions such as Rosie, his first song to go on radio in the year 2009. The second recording was Tsalani, released in 2011. Trumale’s hit track is the 2011 Let It Go, which has made tremendous airplay and requests on local radios. His music has also been featured on BBC Radio.

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