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Buffalo Souljah relishes Malawi experience

For an artist who last stepped on Malawi soil five years ago, the natural feeling would have been that of unfamiliarity. Even a lone walker can cover a lot of ground in five years.

But for South Africa-based Zimbabwean artist, Buffalo Souljah, it does not matter how long one stays away. Home is home.

“You see, I regard Malawi as my home. When I am here I am home. So, it does not feel strange to be here. Of course, some of the artists I used to perform with, most notably Tay Grin, have matured in their music and made strides. But what I have observed is that feelings do not feel old and, so, I have enjoyed my visit. The people here are humble,” Buffalo Souljah said in an exclusive interview in Blantyre on Saturday.

He was in Blantyre to perform at the Basment Saturday evening. ‘Maybe Tomorrow’ star Theo Thomson was part of the show.

The Zimbabwean artist has had a litany of shows since performing at Country Lodge in Lilongwe on Valentine’s Day.

The supporting artists were Piksy and Thomson while DJ Maya and DJ Cool dished out slow tunes to spice up the event.

On Saturday, it was Blantyre’s turn.

However, like a man who had a lot to do within a short time, Buffalo Souljah was back in Lilongwe on Sunday, where he performed at Chez Ntemba.

“I will come here again and again,” Buffalo Souljah said.

Asked why he does not go back to his native country and promote the home industry, Buffalo Souljah said he believes in the notion of one Africa.

“To me, Africa is one. That is why I am for the idea of developing one sound for Africa. It does not make sense for us to be divided along language and sound lines. We are one people and, together, we can conquer the world,” Buffalo Souljah said.

Born Thabani Ndlovu in Bulawayo on September 16 1980, he composed his first song titled ‘Zuva Randisingakanganwe’, when he was about eight years old. His father was a jazz artist who worked with Thomas Mapfumo in the 70s and the early 80s. He formed a three-member group called Intelligent Racuss Cruuks in 1996.

During the 2008 Channel O Music Video Awards, Buffalo Souljah was voted best newcomer while ‘Judgement’ was voted best ragga dancehall video.

In 2009, ‘Judgement’ was named Best Dancehall video for the second year in a row while ‘My Type of Guy’ – which features Tay Grin, Gal Level and DJ Waxxy – was voted best collabo or duo. In 2012, his video ‘Styra Inongonegza’ featuring Cabbo Snoop was voted Best Dancehall Video of the Year.

In total, Buffalo Souljah has won Six Channel O Awards, Sound City Award, ZIMA’s Best International Achievement Award and one Zimbabwe Dancehall Award.

But,for an award-winner like Buffalo Souljah, the expectation was that music lovers would patronise the shows in droves. It was not often the case.

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