Tay Grin tells BBC keen to work with Malawi artists for international recognition

Celebrated Malawian rapper, Tay Grin, has expressed his interest to work with different artists in the country to help push Malawi’s music on the international scene.

Tay Grin with BBC's Mark Dean and TV personality Pauline Long
Tay Grin with BBC’s Mark Dean and TV personality Pauline Long

Tay Grin, who just won a Beffta Award as the Best International African Act, said this in an interview with the BBC Radio Northampton in the UK.

“Malawi is a country filled with talent. A lot of guys [are] working hard to get their music out there. I will be working with different local artists to help push Malawi music on the international scene,” said the rapper. “I’d like to see Malawian artists get the same recognition [am getting].”

During the interview with the BBC’s Mark Dean, Tay Grin spoke about his music, how he fuses traditional beats from the Nyau Tribe from central Malawi (where he comes from) and modern day hip-hop, and how the music he does has helped him win hearts out there, putting Malawi on the map.

He went on to say young people should be proactive to use the talents they have to help develop their nations and the African continent as a whole.

Said Tay Grin: “This is Africa’s time, not just music, but businesses and development. So many great things will be coming out of Africa and as young people we need to be part of this”.

The award winning rapper, who is also known as the Nyau King, went further to announce he will soon be releasing a new song titled “Killa” which features Nigerian singer/rapper Orezi. The song, a lively party jam, was premiered on the show and was played twice.

“Killa” comes off Tay Grin’s third album which he is working on. He dropped the first single off the yet-to-be-titled project a couple of months ago, titled “The Beach” whose video was also nominated for the Befftas in the “Best Music Video” category.

Tay Grin is in the UK where he went to attend the Beffta Awards where he also performed on 26 October, which was followed by his second show in Dublin, Ireland, in a concert dubbed “hip-hop night” five days later.

Meanwhile, the Malawian rapper is scheduled to perform in Northampton this weekend.

You can listen to Tay Grin’s interview on the BBC here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/p0293bp0#

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Not anjenjenjeman
Not anjenjenjeman
7 years ago

Which international recognition? Himself is yet to have his music recognised and how can he suggest he has the magic wand to help others. In Ireland , where most so called celebrated Malawian artist go, there are quite a number of Malawians that throng their shows. Is this what breaking the international jinx is meant. Try outside Uk and see if people know your music, no they dont. There is alot artist can do one of which is to be original.

7 years ago

Never heard his music overseas.

patrick banda
patrick banda
7 years ago

thats great being more corncened about your country’s development and innovation..big up to tay grin for inspiring the one people who are dreaming of being superstars in different angles of arts especially musaic…that ‘ll realy help to derive a positive mind to most old and upcoming artists so that they meditate in there works and bring up the nation instead of criticizing for less wages.

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