Way forward, piracy or no piracy: Malawi legendary artist Lucius Banda vows not to quit music

Malawi’s legendary musician Lucius Banda has said he will not quit his music career despite piracy affecting the industry.

Lucius Banda: Way Forward with music!

Lucius Banda: Way Forward with music!

Recently, Lucius Banda said he would quit music and invest in other businesses due to piracy after launching his 18th album ‘Thank You’ it was already on the market courtesy of pirates.

But speaking on Capital FM’s flagship interview program, Straight Talk on Thursday, the politician-cum- musician, said he will not quit music career despite expressing his anguish over piracy.

“I really love music. I would not let someone stop me from music career,” said Banda during the interview which Nyasa Times monitored through online streaming.

The artist did not hide his distress on social media on Tuesday, when he intercepted a copy of the pirated CDs.

“After all the work I did, here is the fake one all over the country maybe it’s time to give up?” he wrote on Facebook.

He had written that he was “considering giving up music” fearing he will get nothing from the K3 million ($6000) investment he made to have the album recorded in South Africa.

But Banda said he will soldier on in the music career, suggesting that government should introduce a levy on all gadgets that aid people to pirate any form of art like computers and flash disks.

Show in South Africa

Meanwhile, Banda has said he will have an international launch of his new album with the performance in South Africa later this month.

He is scheduled to perform at Booysen Hotel in Johannesburg, on 28th of August and the following day he will be at Marafaco.

Other shows in South Africa for Banda will be at Tijucaon on August 30 and a final concert on September 5 at Amadoda Woodstock in Cape Town.

Banda said people in South Africa should get ready to see Nepman sharing a stage with him together with Sam Simakweri and Limbani ‘Tosh’ Banda.

Thank You

Thank You is a 14-cut collection wrapped in various genres, including reggae, manganje and dancehall, among others.

The hits include Walema, Rita featuring Zambia’s MC Wabwino, My Love Will Never Fade, his signature spoken word is back in Way Forward.

Other tracks are Sagona, Tikuzifuna an Dyalilamba.

The album was recorded at Groove Magic, Mathumela Studio, Audio clinic and at Active A Records.

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Soja ndi soja basi. Carry on baba, we love ur music. Shame on pipo whovbuy fake CD’s and DVD’s coz ua promoting piracy.


Aluta continua soldier, never give up


Akuyenera atalandira degree yamaimbidwe pa Malawi

Lion Moyenda

My Soldgier I Will be a worried person if i hear that you quit music. Long time i am following your music. You are a real legend. I don’t agree those they r accusing you copyright to a single song Tina. this is crazy. you did a lot throughout your carrier now talking to a single track what is this jeolousy and discouraging altitude? Malawians won’t go anywhere too much of hatred. Soldgier keep the fire burning. Even your own Brother Achikulire Paul Banda is very proud of you. I personally salute you Sir Legend.


This is the legacy you will leave after this lifemail is over and ages will remember you Dr lucius banda.
Do it never give up


You are a mature-self styled artist. Come rain or sunshine, i will love your music soldier!

Willie Chimseu

One thing which I like in you soldier is that you are original & we will live to remember this legacy.


The problem with Malawians who designate themselves as musicians, though not musicians as per orthodoxy definition, is that they are worst pirate themselves. E.g. Lucius Banda did not compose Tina but he took the song made million dollars out of it. The Christian text book says who kills by sword shall die by it. What Malawi singers to use my word that is the appropriate to describe them are thieves and akukolora zimene anadzala. Mizimu ya makolo athu awathandize kuona vuto lawo kuposa azingokhalira kulira.

Edwin Mwalwen

Never give up indd dear.

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