Yesaya cuts mix-tape, prepares to release an album

Up-and-coming rapper/singer Yesaya aka Big Y, formerly of the disbanded Malawian boy-group Team Gypsy has said he will be releasing a Rap/R&B mix-tape, before dropping his debut album ‘Chiphadzuwa’ later in the year.

The artist who is also a producer and owns NP (Near Perfection) Studio, based in Nkolokosa Blantyre, disclosed this in an interview with Nyasa Times.

He said the 14-track compilation, titled ‘So Last Year 2.0’, is a continuation from where he stopped last year when he dropped his first solo mix-tape called ‘So Last Year’.

“This is like the second edition to what may become a yearly series which will be available from my,” said Yesaya.

“It’s a compilation of songs I have done in the last two years. A starter course of songs in preparation for my album which will be released later this year,” he added.

Yesaya performing at Maskal’s Umunthu album launch. Photo by Kimpho Loka/Nyasa Times

The 21-year-old artist, one of the urban musicians whose songs are enjoying airplay at the moment is exploring the Malawian culture, with an Afro-Pop touch in both compositions and production.

The 2012 mix-tape, which will be dropping on Valentine’s Day, February 14, which happens to be Yesaya’s birthday, will have songs like Stutter, Big Boys and the latest singles Ulele and Umandimaliza.

In Stutter, Yesaya raps alongside Wizaymes (now Bagpac), also a former member of Team Gypsy, while Theo Thomson, one of Malawi’s renowned gifted R&B musicians sings. In Umandimaliza, he features the country’s hip-hop icon Tay Grin.

He has also featured up-and-coming urban musicians Pricy, Zain and Karl on the mix-tape. On the production tip, Yesaya has worked with, Stratus, Jabay, another producer from NP, Canny Beats as well as Sannie Beatz.

Born Yesaya Jnr Nkhwazi, the artist was exposed to music in the UK where he was studying Music Technology and acquired a Diploma. His plans are to further his studies in music and achieve a Degree in Music Production.

As an artist, Yesaya worked on a project with Team Gypsy titled Travelling and he produced 12 of the 22 songs on that 2011 compilation, before he released his first solo mix-tape.

He has produced for Tay Grin (Wavin’ Flag Official Fifa Remix), Theo Thomson (Stutter, Bad Guy Remix with Petersen), Young Kay (Wekha featuring Maskal), Maskal (Umamva Bwanji, Kudzagwa Mvula in his new album Umunthu).

Other artists he has produced for are LO aka Lomwe and Botswana’s Zeus (Catch Me If You Can), Armstrong (Losing It, Not You – Unreleased) as well as gospel giants Ethel Kamwendo-Banda (Zabwino Zonse album) and Allan Ngumuya (two albums, The Reggae Side of Allan Ngumuya and 202).

Yesaya also produces radio adverts and radio jingles. He encourages people to support him and support Malawian music as he says “We have so much talent in Malawi, we just need to expose and showcase it to the world.”

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