Toza Matafale has always been criticised for riding on the creativity of his brother, the late Evison, without being his own man, but the musician hopes to lay all those ghosts to rest when he launches his second album, Cry 2, at Motel Paradise in Blantyre on Friday.
The soft-spoken Toza, who has mostly been performing his brother’s songs at his shows, explained he has been doing so to build himself as well as continue Evison’s legacy.
“I’ve my own songs. I released my debut album, Cry 1, in 2005 but I must admit that I did not promote it fully. But with Cry 2, I’m optimistic people will love and enjoy the songs,” he said.
On why he has rushed into launching the album without giving it enough time to play, Toza said he recorded the songs last year and that some of them have had a run on some radio stations.
“The songs were recorded last year but it has taken me a while to raise enough to put everything together. My appeal to the people is that they should accept the album because it has songs that are educative, informative and entertaining,” Toza said.
The 12-track album — which has songs such as Africa, Wanga wa Ine, Azakhala Yekha, Ku Zion, Ndimenyereni Nkhondo, Dziwa, Palibe Ofanana Naye and Dzuka Tawona — was recorded at Greener Arts Studio in Blantyre.
The album also has two instrumentals and a re-done version of his brothers’ Poison So Sweet.
“I cannot run away from my brother’s songs; that is why I have re-done one of his songs. In the first album I was learning and testing the waters but in this second album I have used my experience, so the compositions are mature,” he said.
Having curtain-raised both the Black Missionaries and the Wailing Brothers during their respective shows in the past, Toza said he decided to invite them to be part of the launch.
“I have worked with Black Missionaries and Wailing Brothers. They are all my brothers and so I decided to invite them to this launch and I am happy they accepted,” Toza said.
He said this was another rare opportunity for people to see the Black Missionaries and the Wailing Brothers sharing the stage.
The two groups also shared the stage during a show in Mzuzu last month where they made it clear they were not in bad blood and they were children of one family.
Black’s leader, Anjiru Fumulani, confirmed on Tuesday that they would perform at the album launch which will be held two days before the Evison Matafale memorial show.
“We are aware of the show. Toza is our brother and we will be there to support him. We are also happy that we will be together with the Wailing Brothers,” Anjiru said.
Wailing Brothers’ lead guitarist Takudziwani Chokani said yesterday they were ready for the launch.
“We worked together on this album and we are happy that it is ready,” Takudziwani said.
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