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Soldier hits 33 years in music showbiz

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By Sam Banda Jnr:

One of the successful musicians in the country Soldier Lucius Banda on Saturday thanked people in the country for their continued support as well as keeping him in the music chart as he has made it 33 years this year in the music business.

Soldier, who is set to release his 20th album this year titled Love and Hate, said in an exclusive interview that some musicians of his generation have found the industry tough, with the younger generation dominating the airwaves with urban music.

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But Soldier, who prides in releasing best-selling albums such as Cease Fire, said the 33 years he has been doing music have seen him being supported to the fullest by people as well as being kept in the charts.

He, however, said things have not been all rosy as he has experienced lots of challenges.

“I would like to thank Malawians for the love and support throughout all these years. They are the ones who have put me where I am today, I thought I should thank them because being in the music business for 33 years is not a mean achievement.

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“The support I receive is huge and, most importantly, I would like to thank God for the talent but also for keeping me alive and healthy,” Soldier said.

He also said some of his songs have been banned on State broadcaster Malawi Broadcasting Corporation but people have continued to embrace his music and gigs.

Soldier has already released a single ‘Udzipenya Kuno’ off his 20th album Love and Hate which he has described as a clean and smart album.

“I am happy with the response I have got on ‘Udzipenya Kuno’, we worked hard to put together a good video. We had good preparations and we urge companies to support artists to produce good music videos. Malawi might be a poor country but we should move away from depicting poverty always in our videos,” the Balaka-based musician said.

Having failed to make it to Parliament in the May 21 2019 elections, the former Balaka North member of Parliament said he is not free to strictly focus on music.

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