Having soared with Fikisa in the past years which impressed hits such as ‘Akamwile,’ before parting ways, Nyimbo Music Company is out with a promising fresh project.
The company has a three piece band that is currently in the studio finalising its songs and ready to release a yet to be named album.
And just to show how serious they are with their album project, the band known as Find Codi has engaged services of South Africa-based musician and producer Chris Kele.
Kele, who has stayed in South Africa for close to six years but hinted that he would soon be coming back, said he was excited to work with Find Codi.
“I have worked with several musicians and I am happy to work with this group of fine artists who have shown potential,” said Kele, who will finalise the group’s songs in South Africa.
The musician, who said he is still making strides in his music as well as learning other basics including music management, said Find Codi has a future looking at the way they have set their structures.
“They are really working hard and their production is good and working with them just reminded me of the Malawian music since I have been out for a long time and I have learnt something too in the process,” said Kele.
Find Codi is made up of Chikondi Suleiman, who is the lead vocalist and also composed most of the songs in the group’s forthcoming album, lead guitarist Steve Phambala and drummer Card Chiwanga.
Chikondi said they are ready to give people the best and that they have played around with several genres in their songs to appeal not only to Malawians but people from other countries such as South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
“We actually have used some guest artists on the instruments and they include guitarists Mvahiwa Hanke and Collen Ali and keyboardist Chisomo Ngondo. There is a lot of fusion in our songs and this comes in the background that the members have had influences from South Africa and other countries,” she said.
She added that to appeal to different people some of the songs have been done in Shona, Zulu, English and Chichewa.
“I am very optimistic people will love our work, we started working on the songs longtime ago and to be where we are now it has been a process. We recorded some of the songs with Mibawa but we have redone them once again,” she said.
Listening to some of the songs shows the group has potential although they still need to dig deeper.
Chikondi said they have even incorporated childhood songs such as ‘Mwezi Uwale,’ just to rekindle memories of the good old days and that they have tried their best to utilise some of the traditional dances such as Manganje.
Kele is expected to work on the songs for final mixing for close to 30 days and that the band expects to launch the album in August.
“But before the main launch we are thinking of pre-releasing some songs and between now and August, the band will still be active with performances so that when the launch comes up people should feel them,” said Chikondi, who also revealed that they will be producing a DVD by the end of this year.
Meanwhile Nyimbo Music says it still has plans to revive Fikisa and put it back to its fold and that they are currently in discussions with the members.
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