Barely a week after being unveiled as the ambassador for the initiative meant to raise awareness on gender-based violence (GBV) and mental health by Lilongwe Music and Arts Festival (LiFest), musician Nyago has released a track titled ‘Mdoko’.
In the Tumbuka song, Nyago, real name Lucy Gondwe rebukes the tendency of marrying off girls instead of encouraging them to go to school to finish their studies.
“This song stems from my life experiences in general and I am glad I have tackled issues of GBV and mental health in this song,” she said.
This is Nyago’s first release since she rebranded.
“I am pushing; hope to release more songs but this is the beginning and I am glad to tackle various issues through music,” she said.
The artist has also taken a different approach in her music by focusing more on traditional sound that also seeks to promote and preserve culture.
The sound in the track ‘Mdoko’ is rich and she has utilised traditional elements including use of traditional instruments that are losing space due to the fact that people are embracing Western styles.
The track ‘Mdoko’ was produced by Q Malewezi, who also happens to be Nyago’s manager.
The song—recorded, mixed and mastered by Shadreck Kalukusha at Sound Addicts Studio in Lilongwe—has seen Sam Mjura Mkandawire playing the bass, with Sam Shaba also being part of it.
“Nyago has been performing live but this is her first release. She is taking her time and there is more coming as regards mature music,” Q said.