By Richard Chilango Jnr:
To those not in the know, not long ago, American actor and director Chiwetel Ejiofor aroused the delight of the entertainment community with the production of a Malawian motivated Hollywood motion picture The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, which made ceaseless headlines since its premiere on Netflix on March 1. The story of an indigenous innovator William Kamkwamba was presented to the masses with a sparkle of finesse synonymous with any Hollywood film.
The movie’s growing popularity has been proved beyond reasonable doubt by the release of a tune titled ‘The boy Who Harnessed the Microphone’ done by artist Slessor of ‘Swagg Yakabanza’ fame.
Judging by the artist’s song composition, it is evident his concept was inspired by the film in mention.
The lyrics go:
The second coming of the rap messiah/
I’m like Khalisi’s dragon all I spit is fire/
Is that Nkhotakota grade?/
I just kick it higher/
Flow iyi siyachibwana imaphwesa masaya, sick/
Muzipeza polemba Slessor akamathoka/
Ndine galu ovuta sindimamva za choka/
Please forgive me I’m a bilingual guy/
100 percent rap game ndiyanga/
Flow, punchlines ndi ascent zones ndi zanga.
The artist, born Slessor Munthali, believes that, despite the music industry being blurred with a number of challenges, artists need to muscle up and overcome, just like William did at a time his people endured pains associated with famine.
As a matter of fact/
Put me in a wrestling ring/
And see if I won’t undertake the worst that you can bring/
That is how Slessor continues with the song.
It is a song produced and mastered at MOD.
However, hip-hop being, somehow, a hot potato, some hostile reception to the song can only be anticipated.
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