Mukandipepesere star eyes 2023


By Sosten Mpinganjira

Mzuzu-based afro fusion musician Daniel Kaliwo, popularly known as DNA in music circles is working on his third album titled Che Kaliwo, and plans to release it in February next year.

DNA, who came into the limelight back in 2011, already has two albums to his credit namely Mizizi which was named after his son and he released in 2016, and Dziko la Amuna which he released in 2021.


The Mukandipepesere hit maker said in an interview that he has named the new album Che Kaliwo, which will have 13 tracks, because it is a dedication to his family and friends.

“I figured I should dedicate this album to my family. From my dad, brothers, sisters, son, nieces and nephews as well as friends. I have decided to do so that is why I have named the album after my family name Kaliwo,” DNA said.

DNA, who is also a medical practitioner, said he has always looked forward to giving fans his very best album as compared to his two previous ones; something he described as challenging.


DNA however expressed optimism that the Che Kaliwo album will live to expectations and that it will be liked more that the two previously released albums.

“It has been tough. But I guess it is all about what I believe and what I know and nurturing my talent but I believe that my Che Kaliwo album will live up to my expectations,” said DNA, adding that the new album will be released on February 15 2023 which happens to be his birthday.

Promising to work on his presence in the music industry, DNA said he is preparing a product which his fans will live to appreciate the talent that God gave him, and thanked his fans for the love and support, which he said keeps him going in the music industry.

“A lot of people have been saying I have been quite in the music industry. I have been releasing singles which have been uploaded on various online platforms for free streaming and downloading. The only thing I have shunned is shooting music videos. You can see that I have only released a few videos despite having many songs. This is bound to change with the Che Kaliwo album.

“A lot of artists launched their albums in 2022. I took my time to listen to their product and weighed each one of them on what I call the finance music scale, then rated myself from that. I am very confident that my album will surely be one of the best from that list,” DNA said.

DNA said some people have approached him to change the style of his music and imitate other urban musicians’ style for him to remain relevant in the industry.

“I have been criticised for quite some time for sticking to what I know and believe that is music. People have asked me to diversify and sing like other artists for the sake of gaining more fans as well as doing a major upgrade on my fame, yet that is something I am not. That is something I will never be. I guess we all have different beliefs and strategies towards music,” he said.

DNA also mentioned that he will work with some artists in the album, mentioning that Jay Jay Kutsokwe Jnr is one of the artists to featured on the album.

The Che Kaliwo album according to DNA, is centred on skill as well as passion for the industry and what he does and contains inspirational as well as love songs, some of which will be released as singles along the way.

In a separate interview, one of DNA’s fans Sam Joseph from Lilongwe described DNA as a great artist who employs maturity when working on a song.

Joseph expressed his optimism that “Che Kaliwo” album will bring good songs to the public.

“Unlike other musicians who sing for the sake of singing, DNA takes his time when working on a song. His songs send good messages to the society. I am sure songs in the new album will be of the same calibre.

“Talk of Mukandipepesere, Odala, Akadzangokwiya Yahwe, Si Icho and many more others. Despite being on and off in the industry, his songs continue to touch many lives, especially youths,” he said.

Another fan, Symon Phiri commented on DNA’s post on Facebook that the artist is talented and needs to work on holding live shows and release new songs regularly.

“DNA, you are a very talented artist, only that you don’t market yourself as other artists do. Your fans expect you to be holding live performance shows, and release new songs regularly as well as embracing technology for more people to feel presence of your songs, otherwise you’re are one of the best in our land,” Phiri commented.

The album will have songs such as Khwee, Mdima, Ndisakuphele tsogolo, Baby mama, Misala, Chonde lumbila and Ndi amayi just to mention a few, and will be up for sale on different social media platforms as well as other online platforms.

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