Soldier Lucius Banda, who turns 50 this year and celebrating 25 years in marriage, yesterday named his best top five albums.
Banda has been in the music industry for over 30 years and has produced 19 albums. This year the legendary musician is working on his 20th album.
Soldier rated high all his 19 albums but he named five best top albums including Son of the Poorman—which has a song ‘Mabala’ that made him popular.
The other albums are Cease Fire which is among the highest selling, Yahweh, How Long which has songs such as ‘Tina’ and Survivor which has songs such as ‘Zakukhosi’.
“I am happy with the progress I have made in music and most importantly praise be to God for the talent. Sometimes, I really don’t know how I have managed to hit 19 albums,” Banda said.
Despite picking his best five collections, Banda, also rated Freedom highly.
“I would put Freedom on number six if I had a choice of naming the best six because that is where I have ‘Nthawi’. But the top albums I have named, each one of them has made an impact in the lives of the people,” he said.
On his best moments musically, Banda, said there were several, specifically pointing out his performance in Europe to a huge audience in 2009.
“The audience at this show was just amazing, lots of people from different countries enjoyed the performance as if they had been following me for a long time. They appreciated my music,” he said.
Banda, who earned the nickname Soldier because of his fight for the poor through music, also revealed some of his top five songs including ‘Mabala’, ‘Mzimu wa Gadama’, ‘Nthawi’, ‘Pharaoh’ and ‘Paulendo’.
“All my songs are good but those are my top five and I perform them in almost every show. People request them a lot,” he said.
On best venues, Banda, could not name the best venue he rates highly in the country.
“On venues, it is very tricky because some have closed while others have come up. But just to share some of the venues I have had the best moments performing there include Lilongwe Golf Club, Sunbird Livingstonia in Salima, Squirrels Park in Mzuzu and Warehouse in Blantyre which closed,” Banda said.
A brother to music icon, Paul Banda, Banda, said some of the venues mentioned were not beautiful in nature but are places where he has had some of the best moments.
“I wouldn’t put in some venues such as Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) because I have not performed there much,” Banda said.