By Chris Loka:
Afro-soul musician Lawi and Mango Band gave people a Christmas experience during a live concert at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe on Christmas Eve.
Dubbed ‘An Exclusive Intimate Christmas Experience with Lawi and the Mango’, the musician, who is also a producer, took advantage of the live concert to talk about his third album titled Thirties.
Lawi, real name Francis Phiri, who is also the Voice of Mulanje Mountain, said his third album was ready and that he would release it next year.
Having won the hearts of many people with his previous albums Lawi and Sunset in the Sky, the soft-spoken musician said he had done more in his third album.
“I feel there is a great improvement in the third album. There are always great things in the future and I believe that, with every album that I get to write, produce and release, there is that level of greatness. I am growing with experience, knowledge and everything that I try to do now, I do it better,” he said.
Lawi, who was based in South Africa, has already dropped some of the tracks off Thirties and they include ‘Zitsulo’, ‘Galimoto’, and ‘Munthu ndi Umunthu Wake’.
He said the album has been inspired by day-to -day life experiences and dramas but was quick to say that it centres much on joy.
“It is called Thirties because I am sharing real life experiences, what I have gone through and how I have managed to cope up starting from childhood to adulthood,” Lawi said.
The singer and guitarist said he was now in his thirties and that this was the brightest time of his life.
“I am looking forward to more life and great experiences as a mature person. However, I also appreciate whatever I have gone through during my childhood and what I have learnt from that. All these experiences have made this album,” he said.
Coming to the concert, Lawi, said he enjoyed every moment and that it was all about celebrating with people the birth of Jesus Christ.