Blantyre-based musician Macdonald Chibwe is out with a new album titled Mbiri Yanga in which he is tackling several issues affecting the society in the country including albino killings and abortion.
The artist, who is an insurer and currently working as the General Manager – Operations at United General Insurance (UGI), said the album is ready and that it will be released on the market in December.
Chibwe, who released his debut album Lingakome in 2013 before he went into hibernation said yesterday that he is now ready to take music head on as it is his passion.
“Some might feel I am just doing this to pass time but this is my passion. I started doing music long time ago and it is an inborn talent despite that I am an insurer,” he said.
Listening to some of his four promotion songs – the title track Mbiri Yanga, Ndidzakumvera, Nelia and Walira Albino, the artist has shown seriousness using his art to bemoan the albino killings and abortion among others.
“As an artist I have a duty to speak about the various issues affecting the society. All I ask is for people to take time and listen attentively to the songs and get the message,” he said.
Chibwe said his music has a blend of modern and old touch.
“I have done it deliberately because I want to appeal to all the generations. Again I also want to show that I have been inspired by musicians such as Thomas Chibade, Skeffa Chimoto and Joseph Nkasa,” he said.
Just like his debut album, Mbiri Yanga which has 12 songs was recorded at CL Touch Studio in Blantyre by Limbani Chibwana.
“I love reggae and so some of the songs have that reggae touch but I have also fused some songs with other genres. Being a fan of reggae I have also worked with Ralph Ching’amba in one of the songs titled Tingathe,” he said.
In the track Mbiri Yanga, Chibwe talks about the journey he has travelled to be where he is today and goes on to encourage those who are experiencing different challenges not to give up.
“In the song Tingathe I am talking about the economic issues and all I am saying is that we just need to work hard, be focused and this nation will move forward. But again I have not skipped talking about love,” he said.
The artist, who hails from Mponela in Dowa, maintained that his songs are good in that they are tackling issues relating to the daily lives.
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