Musician Soldier Lucius Banda said yesterday that his latest album Crime is ready.
He said the album would be on the market soon.
“Actually, for the first time people in South Africa will access it first but this is also because we have shows there,” Lucius said.
The musician, who has released several albums, including Down Babylon, Cease Fire, Fifteen Fifteen, Unity, Survivor and Cell 51, among others, said the master for Crime was ready and that they have started duplicating CDs.
“The album could have been out some time back but I have been busy in Parliament. But I can tell you that everything is ready,” he said.
He described the 12-track album as a product packaged with love, social political and gospel songs.
“I would say Crime is an album which is bringing back the old Lucius and, in the songs, I am tackling issues without fear. People are suffering out there. There are no drugs in hospitals, people are drinking contaminated water so the lyrics are hard hitting,” he said.
The musician earned the nickname Soldier because of speaking for the poor.
However, at some point, some quarters felt he took a break.
There are promotional songs that are on the ground that have attracted debate from people and the songs are ‘Chida Cha Mtendere’, ‘Zithumwa’, and ‘Chako’.
“I would have had more songs in the album but, with time, I thought of keeping some of them and go with 12. It’s an album I want people to take time to listen to, so that they can appreciate the message. Our country is suffering and, in the title track, I am saying governing a country is a social contract and I have put so many arguments there,” he said.
Lucius will first launch the album in South Africa, where he will hold shows in Rustenburg, Johannesburg and Cape Town.
“We have shows in South Africa and, being the festive season, we thought the bonus should be the album launch. So, we will have the CDs selling there and, at the same time, we will make sure that people access them here as well,” he said.
While most of the shows Malawian artists hold in the Rainbow nation target fellow Malawians, Lucius said they will be performing in popular places, which will see them sharing the stage with other top artists.
He said he would leave for South Africa on Friday and that he is expected back on December 26.
Lucius added that, after performing in South Africa, he will then go on a nationwide tour
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