January has always been referred to as a difficult month where a lot of people struggle with operations especially finances having spent a lot during the festive season. It is also a month where musicians and other players in the creative industry take a break from hosting activities.
Having had a busy festive season with several performances across the country, most musicians have since taken a breather to reflect on the year 2019 and also plan for 2020.
Soldier Lucius Banda, who held several performances during the festive season with his Zembani Band, said on his Facebook page he had taken a breather this month and that he would return next month.
“For a musician like me, January is the family month. We spend time at home. Visit makolo (parents), attend functions etc… So when you asked if I rest at all the answer is yes, I rest in January. Tikumana pa 1st February ku Golf Club holiday ikatha (we will meet on 1st February at Golf Club after the holiday,” Lucius wrote on his Facebook page.
The artist takes a rest after dropping a New Year present for the people, a love song titled ‘Bwerera’.
“I just felt I should start the New Year with a new song and so, that is a present to the people and also to thank them for the support they gave us in 2019. We ask them to continue in 2020 and most importantly call upon them to buy our original music,” Lucius said.
He maintained that he would want to do more in music this year including supporting his son Johnny, who he said, has potential to excel in music.
“As I said earlier, 2020 is a year of celebration, I am turning 50, I am releasing my 20th album, my son Johnny is turning 25 and I am celebrating 25 years in marriage. Again, I am also celebrating my mother. So, there is so much, Johnny has shown he has what it takes. I have already written a song for him which he will do with Busy Signal. So there is a lot,” Lucius said.
He said apart from pushing his son, he also intends to push other artists and this is all about taking Malawi music to the world.
“It is time to conquer the world, we have potential but we have failed to take our music to the world and this is what we want to do this year. We need to penetrate international platforms and have our music played outside the country,” the ‘Mabala’ star, said.
Black Missionaries’ lead vocalist, Anjiru Fumulani, also said they were on a break as usual in January.
“We have always taken a break in January but we have a pre-John Chilembwe show at Pa Zinziri on January 14 where we will share the stage with Lulu and Saint,” Anjiru said.
He also said that this year people should brace for more reggae vibes revealing that three of their songs they recorded in South Africa last year would be released anytime.