Suffix, of the ‘Mkazi Wakumwamba’ fame, has played a fast one, collaborating with American Christian rapper Sho Baraka, real name Amisho Baraka Lewis.
The youthful rapper, who is based in Lilongwe, has collaborated with Sho Baraka in the song ‘Ghetto Ndi Nyatwa’.
Suffix said the single, which will be part of his incoming album, was expected to be premiered yesterday, with downloads set to start today.
“I am working on my debut album now and this is the first official single to make the album. The album is untitled as of now,” Suffix said.
Suffix took advantage of Sho Baraka’s visit to Malawi in December to work with the American Christian rapper in ‘Ghetto Ndi Nyatwa’.
Sho Baraka performed in Lilongwe at a free concert that attracted a huge audience before his last show at the Blantyre Cultural Centre.
In the two shows, Suffix was one of the curtain-raisers.
“This song addresses the issue of how, for a long time, there has been too much comfortability in praising the ghetto as if it’s a nice place to live in. I have seen how my fellow youths always find excuses for not going to school, stealing, killing each other, drug and sex abuse all because we are too ghetto-focused,” he said.
He added: “Whenever some ghetto folks see those from the suburb driving posh cars, they feel like these are pompous people, who do not know what struggle is all about and that they depend on their parents for everything.”
Suffix said it was for this reason that some people from some suburb areas have a mentality that the ghetto is full of youths who are criminals and lazy.
“This is actually not true because I am a product of the ghetto in Chilobwe in Blantyre and have gone through hardships but still managed to find a way out through hard work, faith and perseverance. So, through my life experiences, I would like to tell stories about how the ghetto doesn’t have to be a place of hurt and negativity,” he said.
Suffix also said that, through his story, he wants to show that hurt and negativity of the ghetto can be overcome and that the ghetto can be a place where people can chase their dreams, regardless of the challenges they encounter.
“All I am saying is that our leaders should also be accountable and love the people they represent. Again, what I am saying is that they can learn to love only if they come to know who has loved us first and that is Jesus Christ,” Suffix said.
But why did Suffix work with Sho Baraka?
“He was in the country. We had to talk about the issue of the ghetto. He showed interest in doing the song with me and, so, I decided to put him in the song. It worked out because he is an activist and the issue we are addressing is one of the issues he is fighting in United States of America,” he said.
Suffix said there was no music video for the song yet.
The song was recorded at DJ Sley’s ChitChat Records and the beat was produced by Blage.
The singer also revealed that he is also working with Esther Chungu from Zambia.
In the song, Suffix, who finished 2017 with a single ‘Cholinga’, features the voice of the country’s former head of state, the late Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda.
Kamuzu sets the mood in the song, as he is quoted in one of his speeches as saying that it is character that makes a lady and a gentleman, and not money.
Sho Baraka preaches love in the song and models it on Jesus Christ— reaching out to those in the ghetto, and showing that there is an opportunity for everyone.
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