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Edgar M’baluku makes inroads

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WON TOP TALENT YOUTH AWARD— El Genesys

It takes time— sometimes decades— for some artists to make a name. For others, it takes forever.

Edgar M’baluku, better known as El Genesys, seems to be different.

The songwriter and composer has quickly learned that, by fusing hip-hop, RnB and dancehall, he can quickly complete a mission that takes others ages to complete.

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The artist, who claims to be “a complete artist with a mission to change the listeners’ mindset”, is christened “agent of change” by musicians Lommie Mafunga due to his messages in his songs.

Born on January 3 1998, El Genesys, who grew up listening to the likes of Boys II Men, R Kelly, Lionel Richie, Tupac, and Ice Cube, started showing little interest in music at the age of eight when he and his brothers, Vic Chill and West Cole, used to emulate the likes of Lloyd Phiri, the late Vic Marley, Joseph Nkasa among others, everytime they came to practise because his uncle, the late Young Chilaga, used to own a band (Black Survivors] which finished second in the 2003 Kuche Kuche music competition.

Since then, El Genesys, who drew inspiration from Genii Blakk, Struktic Rainne, Jaco Jana and Lawi, tried to compose his own songs and, in 2009, he wrote his first song ‘Kunali Kulira’, although he did not record.

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“It was in 2010, while in Form Two, when I recorded my first song titled ‘Makwacha’, which was a hip-hop song and, later, in 2011, I released another rap song titled ‘Anti-Christ Superstar’, which attracted criticism due to the lyrics,” he said.

Somehow, he was lucky because, the same year, he was featured on Zimbabwe’s Bos TV after he performed at a youth event in Bulawayo, alongside Mozambican rapper Nandi.

In 2013, El Genesys rebranded from mainstream hip-hop to commercial in order to build an audience and reach more people with his music.

That is how he ended up releasing songs such as ‘Zimangovuta’, ‘Mpata’ and ‘Ndekha’, which enjoyed airplay in various radiostations in Malawi.

He also took part in music competitions such as E-Wallet, Dolo wa muHood and Airtel Search for a Star but he failed to make it to the finals.

But he was not meant to always end up on the losing side as he won Canadian Organisation Top Talent Youth award in 2016 for Song of the Year with ‘Palibe’.

El Genesys is today regarded as one of biggest talents to emerge from Bangwe Township (Blantyre, which happens to be his birthplace] and has worked with artists such as Struktic Rainne, Mellz, Maskal, Kebeh Tojef , Levitiko, Phin Lee, Dtallic, Sleam D,Yangkissa and Queen Lefa.

His projects include ‘Rebirth’ (2011), ‘Homecoming’ (2014), ‘Tales of Wisdom’ (2016) and ‘Education for Girls’ (2017).

He also has singles such as ‘Iwe’, ‘Palibe’,’Money Queen’ and ‘Musamatero’.

“In the single, I want to raise awareness on the ills of gender-based violence and child marriages,” he said.

And it seems the sky is not even the limit because he is set to launch a new single, ‘Usinthe’, which features Kebeh Tojef and Levitiko. It is taken from his upcoming project ‘Music 4 a Cause’.

The artist, who works under Art House Africa and Gat Music Entertainment, said he wants to reach out to all groups of people.

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