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Sonye goes ‘Lokolo’

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Singer and producer Sonyezo Kandoje commonly known as Sonye proved beyond reasonable doubt that he is in a class of his own when he dropped a song ‘Tsika.’

The song won the hearts of many people and continues to enjoy airplay in most of the local radio stations, weddings and other entertainment places.

But Sonye is set now to drop a new song titled ‘Lokolo’ on June 4.

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The musician said last week that he has been working hard to improve his music and that he was determined to offer more this year.

“I know I still have more room for improvement but I am working hard and learning everyday but I can assure people that in ‘Lokolo’ they have another ‘Tsika’,” he said.

Despite impressing with his songs, Sonye, who has worked with several musicians including Tay Grin, has failed in many outings to translate his studio form on the stage.

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But his recent performance at Carlsberg Urban Music Legacy was faultless and he showed signs that he was now set to be counted.

According to Sonye, ‘Lokolo’ is a fusion of local music from the streets with studio vibes and his ingenuity.

“It is basically about dancing in local moves, be it traditional dances or just being local,” said the youthful artist.

The artist said he believes in making happy music for the people.

“After ‘Tsika’ being the experiment that worked for everyone in the country and also got recognition outside the country, I figured, I have discovered a sound that we can call Malawian,” Sonye said.

He added: “So I decided to experiment with that sound with the formula I discovered on ‘Tsika’, on how to make traditional sounds more vibrant and massive. Just like that ‘Lokolo’ was made.”

He described the song as 100 percent Malawian.

“I managed to capture the warmth of Malawians as happy people no matter what situation we are in, be it called once the poorest country in the world but we are still happy,” the musician said.

He then encouraged fellow Malawians, especially the youth to utilise local materials saying this is what can stand out on the international scene.

The artist revealed that he started working on ‘Lokolo’ in 2014 but only got back to the project sometime last year.

“My inspiration of ‘Lokolo’ was the musicians that play music in the streets just to survive It’s always a one man band and their stories are funny and controversial. That’s pure local Malawian stuff,” he said.

While some artists have failed to maintain the steam from their previous works transporting it to the new stuff, Sonye boasted that people will enjoy ‘Lokolo.’

“It was creatively produced and a lot of great musicians contributed,” Sonye said.

Meanwhile, Sonye has been recruited by National Cookstove Steering Committee, who are organising Trade Fair for Renewable Energy and Environmental Friendly Products and Practices.

The whole idea is to campaign for the World Environment Day by producing and singing for the launch of the National Cleaner Cooking Awareness Campaign.

Sonye has collaborated with Faith Mussa who is set to perform at Glastonbury Festival in the United Kingdom next month.

The duo has worked on a song titled ‘Ndapeza Mbambande’.

Sonye and Mussa will perform the theme song at the opening of the launch at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe on June 5.

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