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Phalombe music takes it to penalties

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MAN OF THE MOMENT — Giboh Pearson

Some people will tell you that Phalombe District is best known for some of the finer things in life; talk about rice with a great aroma, you will find it there. If it is aphrodisiac you’re looking for, then you will find it in abundance in Phalombe and it has not been quite surprising lately to hear that some people are even packaging it nicely, ready to ship it both within and beyond the country’s borders.

But as many would attest, nobody really saw one Giboh Pearson with his Phalombe music coming and he has really burst onto the scene with a bang. Armed with a ‘typical village’ beat that many people in the country are familiar with, the artist, who until now was perhaps just a footnote in the story of Malawi music, has all of a sudden been thrust into the main arena as he has become a household name since almost every corner of the country is feeling the hype he has created.

We have had a lot of artists and bands venture on an exploratory path with their music until they establish that which they were looking for and the examples are many. The likes of Honjo music (San B) Balaka music (Alleluya Band, Zembani et al) Sendeza music (established by the defunct Atumwi) quickly come to mind. Today, here we are talking about Phalombe music, which has been popularized by Pearson.

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Make no mistake; we are not talking about typical traditional songs but the kind played with modern instruments

For a while now when it came to music, those from Lhomwe belt have ably been represented by one Joe Gwaladi, whose escapades both on the music stage and the streets would not only leave one in stitches of laughter but also, at times, bewildered. His music is so captivating and as real as it gets such that even revered academicians of the Edge Kanyongolo (professor emeritus) calibre cannot resist but appreciate its allure.

And now, Giboh Pearson comes as a perfectly-timed addition to the bill as his music is blaring louder in markets, drinking joints, public transport and also in homes.

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The song that has, perhaps, catapulted him to the top is probably ‘Idzathera ma penalty’. It is a track which sees a lady warning her lover not to mess around with her heart, pointing out that should he dare leave her for unconvincing reasons, she will fight tooth and nail for the relationship not to end (just like in football, stretching it all the way to penalty shoot-out).

Malawian Star! Giboh Pearson eeeh!

Idzathera mapenate bebi

X 2

Ukadzangoyesa kundisiya, ndzakupengetsa misala

Iwe kuthetsa ine kukulodza, zanga chetee

Osadzayesa kundisiya, ndzakupondetsa Kasipa

Iwe kuthetsa ine kukulodza, zanga phee

Idzathera mapenate bebi

X 2

*****

Awiri sangayende asanapangane,

kodi wavomereza udzakhala nane

Ngati udzandisiye undimasuledi

Undiuze chikondi chisanakuledi

Nthawi ndilinayo ndikukhansuletu

Zokuti ndiwe wanga ndisamatchuledi

Ukadikira kuti induyuze kenako udzandiswere

mtima

Udzandimva kuning’ina!

Pobwezera sindidzakumenya

kapena kukutukwana

ndi mau

Ndidzakusandutsa mang’ina

*****

Idzathera mmapeta bebi (nkhani yachikondi cha ife) X 2

Ukadzangoyesa kundisiya, ndzakupengetsa misala

Iwe kuthetsa ine kukulodza, zanga

chetee (ndakuchenjeza)

Osadzayesa kundisiya, ndzakupondetsa Kasipa

Iwe kuthetsa ine kukulodza, zanga phee

Idzathera mmapeta bebi (nkhani yachikondi cha ife) X 2

****

Ine ndili nga!nga! nga- nga-nga pambuyo pa iwe,

Bebi osachita mantha, ine ndimasamala za iwe, tch!

Kulikonse ungafune tiye tipite, chilichonse

ungafune nena ndichite

Chani sindikukwantsa bebi nditiche

Tidzimvana ngati Ace Jay ndi Beejay

Ine ndinatopa, bebi ndinatopa kusweredwa

mtima

Sindine opepera, kwa ine sikosewerera

Udzandisiye ine, ndisanakulakwire inee!

Tidzaonetsana, ine nthawi yolira ndilibe

******

Idzathera mapenate bebi X 2

Ukadzangoyesa kundisiya, ndzakupengetsa misala

Iwe kuthetsa ine kukulodza, zanga chetee

Osadzayesa kundisiya, ndzakupondetsa Kasipa

Iwe kuthetsa ine kukulodza, zanga phee

Idzathera mapenate bebi X 2

What is so unique about his style is that it is relatable to both young and old and once the vibe gets to you, you would just want to continue listening and appreciating his music.

Another song that seems to have resonated well with most people is “Yesu samachokera kwanu”. This is where Pearson censures those who are always looking for ways to belittle achievements of hard-working people and try, as much as they can, to discourage and discredit them. Putting it simply, he rebukes those who take a ‘holy than though’ approach to life.

Malawian style!

Pali ena m’dziko ntchito yawo nkuphweketsa eeh

Zikakuyendera samva bwino

koma kupweteka eeh

Eetu amayesetsa kukutchera

cholinga angogwetsa,

mumtima zimawadinya

Zimawavuta kumvetsetsa

Sakondwera maka za iwe zikamayenda yeeh

amangofuna zidziyenda pendapenda yeeh

Ali timuona zikamuthera, amene uja sadzaothera

Mtima wadyera, koma mchipululu simofera

Yesu wake wanuyo –nane pamtanda anandifera

Sanalephereko – ndiponso sadzalephera!

****

Ndikuuzekoni! X 4

Yesu samachokera kwanu

Auzekoni X4

Sachoka pakhomo lakwawo

Ndikuuzekoni! X 4

Yesu samachokera kwanu

****

Munthu ndi munthu koma munthu wina anakonza

Osankhulupilira munthu kukupha akhoza ayeh

Kuyimba komweku ena akufuna udani

Nyimbo zanga zabwino zija mwapanga cover zalakwa chani

Malawi sititukuka chifukwa cha nsanje eyaa

Sitikondwera nzathu dollar kuti asanje eyah

Umva walowa satanic uyu ngwapansi pa madzi

Zikabowa kuti udzudzule akuti uluza ma fans yaah

Amayembekezera zoti a yesu madalitsowa adzatilanda

Koma yesu sangalore tizunzike

nafe anatifera pamtanda

Ndikuuzekoni

Auzekoni!

Yesu samachokera kwanu!

***

Amakonda awo, iwe ine!

Perhaps the only thing that one might point out as a flaw (which in my view is really not since Phalombe music is still much on a refinery path) is the monotonous beat in most of Pearson’s songs but then, perhaps that is exactly what people identify him with hence giving Phalombe music the much needed spice.

For now, I can declare that, just like Pearson says in his song that ‘ikathera ma penalty’, Phalombe music has claimed this one on penalty shoot-out

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