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Machuluka keeps it fresh with Tonga beats

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Lilongwe-based musician Machuluka, real name Andrew Mphande, has said he has received an overwhelming response from fans since he came out with his Tonga beats.

The Tonga artist said he will maintain his style of performing in Tonga as part of promoting the Tonga language.

“At first I was not sure how people would welcome the songs but I can say that so far so good. Actually I have other new songs. Let me also announce that I am working on an album which will be released very soon,” Machuluka said.

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Machuluka was recently in South Africa where he was invited for performances.

“I am also working very hard to hold more shows in the country,” he said.

The youthful musician has been in the limelight since he released the Tonga track ‘Zowala Za Mwana Wangu’.

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‘Zowala za Mwana Wangu’, is a song which continues to enjoy airplay especially at weddings and engagements and in the track Machuluka speaks volumes of parents, who are excited with the wedding of their child.

“Some people confuse the lyrics. For instance I have heard others saying zovala [clothes] and yet it’s zowala (wedding). It’s just a simple song where parents are expressing happiness at the wedding of their child,” he said.

So far the artist has managed to record close to eight songs and the other one is ‘Awakoliyapu’.

He said some people have been asking him as to why he is concentrating much on doing Tonga songs.

“There are artists like Diamond, who do their songs in Swahili; so, it’s the same with me,” Machuluka said.

Of the eight songs he has recorded, only one, ‘Homesick’, is in English’, while the rest are in Tonga.

The other songs are ‘Mwakambanga Boza’, ‘Wandiphwamuwa’, ‘M’bali Wangu’, ‘Ndituza’ and ‘Vwalako’.

His music career dates back to the time he was a kid when, with friends, they used to make instruments from tins, wires and wood.

“I developed a strong interest in playing instruments after I sat for my Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE,” he said.

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