Celebrated musician Soldier Lucius Banda Tuesday released a single titled ‘Iwe ndi Ine’ off his 20th album Love and Hate set to be launched on Saturday at Lilongwe Golf Club.
The new love track comes barely three weeks after Lucius dropped another song ‘Bisa’ off the 20-track Love and Hate.
The musician, who has described Love and Hate as probably his last album, has for the first time collaborated with Dan Lufani, commonly known as Dan Lu, in the musical circles.
“I have done a number of collaborations in recent times— you talk of Janta, Kell Kay and Sam Smack but those were their songs. But now some are featuring in my songs. These artists have come of age and have their own brands,” Lucius said.
He described Dan Lu as one of the exciting afro pop artists in the country, hence taking time to work with him.
“And looking at the nature of the song, it was worthy collaborating with Dan Lu. This is the last song as we prepare to launch the album. I would have wanted to drop another one but time is against us and, so, what people can do is just take time and buy the album which will be available on Saturday,” Lucius said.
He said that the album also has other collaborations which have seen him working with his son Johnny and dancehall star Malinga.
“This is an album which has a song for everyone and there are diverse messages including those on love. We have gospel songs in there, wedding songs and only two tracks are touching on politics,” Lucius said.
Dan Lu said he had a good experience working with Soldier.
“I learnt a lot working with him in the studio and I enjoyed every moment,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lucius has bemoaned lack of support from the corporate world towards the launch, whose budget is pegged at K21 million.
“Being a launch featuring our own artists, I expected the corporate world to show interest and support us to the fullest but this has not been the case. It seems when you have our own artists, companies are not interested in supporting us which is sad. We wanted more support so as to pay our own artists better,” he said.
Lucius, however, said people are buying tickets ahead of the launch.
“We are praying that more people should come to the launch because this is the money that will help us pay the bills,” he said.
Apart from Lucius, some of the artists set to perform during the launch include Black Missionaries and Anthony Makondetsa, Janta, Patience Namadingo, Lulu, Mlaka Maliro, Billy Kaunda, Nkosazana Daughter from South Africa and Oga Family from Zambia.