Celebrated musician Lawi on Monday held a listening session for his third album titled Thirties at Sunbird Capital in Lilongwe.
During the session, where Lawi also performed, the singer, guitarist and producer revealed that the Thirties is packaged with 27 tracks.
Lawi will launch the album, which has taken him close to five years putting it together, on July 6, which happens to be the country’s Independence Day.
The listening session accorded some music lovers an opportunity to sample some of the tracks in Thirties.
The new songs that people tasted on the day included ‘Mpaka Kuche’, ‘In the Night’ and ‘Kalowe’.
Other songs that are part of Thirties include ‘Zitsulo’ and ‘Galimoto’.
Asked why he has spent five years working on the new album, the music icon said: “I believe that if I am truly going to express myself, I need to listen from the source and listen again before I can communicate with the rest of the world. That way, I am sure of what I am communicating.”
Lawi believes his music inspires listeners to do more for humanity, indicating that there is education, strength, comfort, advice and direction in his music.
The Mulanje Mountain Ambassador held the listening session in partnership with Amal and Sunbird Tourism.
Through Lawi Music Group, the musician has committed to supporting girls education under the Girls Education Trust.
Lawi said, apart from being a public figure, he belongs to the community; as such; he thought of reaching out through the venture and urged fellow artists to emulate this gesture.
Girls Education Trust Executive Director Limbikani Kamlongera said, in their agreement, 10 percent of the proceeds from Lawi shows would be channelled to supporting girls’ education.
Lawi’s previous albums are Lawi and Sunset in the Sky.
Mathews Kasanda is a journalist who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Malawi (The Polytechnic).
In 2015, Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded him the Best Print Media Education Journalist of the Year accolade.
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