By Richard Chilango Jr
Princess Matiki, sister to well-known comedian Mafumu Matiki, is determined to carve her own story in the creative industry as she is making inroads in the music industry.
Inspired by Zani Challe and Nicki Minaj, Princess, a pending graduate from University of Malawi, has already produced tracks such as ‘Say My Name’, ‘Sindilabada’, ‘Chocolate’, ‘Once Upon a Time’, ‘Wachilokolo’, ‘Ndiwo’, ‘Trap Basi’ and ‘Christ Forever’.
“I started recording in 2016 after sitting my Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations. My first song was a gospel track ‘Christ Forever’ which was produced by MOD,” she said.
The singer said she started as a gospel hip-hop artist before rebranding to secular and went on to record songs like ‘Here to Stay’ and ‘Say My Name’.
Princess said she was serious with music and that, despite the monopoly of male artists in the urban music circles, she was here not to make up the numbers but bring something beautiful to the industry.
Underlining her passion for music, Princess has since 2016, apart from releasing a number of songs, managed to get a nomination in the 2020 Malawi Hip Hop Awards.
“The walk I have made so far is impressive. Apart from getting a nomination in 2020, I have also featured in an array of hip-hop cyphers and they include 2019 Chanco Cypher, 2021 Chanco Cypher and 2020 Malawi Talents Cypher,” she said.
Princess has also collaborated with different artists and they include Slessor, Kell Kay and Nthondwa.
The singer said she was currently working on her debut Extended Playlist (EP) which is expected to feature well-known artists.
“I would have done a lot by now but school commitments have kept me out of it. It has been hard to strike a balance between music and studies because they are all involving but now that I am done with my first degree, I intend to put a lot of energy in my music,” she said.
Princess describes her music as that which is based on both individual and borrowed experiences and that she sings to express her personal feelings.