When Tay Grin— then an individual known only to family members, friends, neighbours and schoolmates — flew back to Malawi from Botswana over a decade ago, he relentlessly knocked at people’s doors in a quest to establish himself as an artist of repute.
It paid off for, before long, one of his nyau music videos became a regular on State-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation television— ‘Music Splash’ programme to be specific—while his audio songs completed the equation in radio stations.
But, contrary to the situation between 2005 and 2007— when the artist was a gangling young man appealing for publicity— Tay Grin seems to have turned a corner. Instead of him knocking at people’s and organisations’ doors, the opposite is true, as he is one of the most sought after artists in Malawi and abroad, bagging a number of awards in the process.
In the latest development in the artist’s inspiring story, Tay Grin will today perform live on SuperSport. The artist will be featured in ‘Thursday Night with Marawa’ show, which starts at 20:30pm.
And, symbolic of a man who has become used to collaborations, he will not be alone. International acts such as Buffalo Souljah, Reason, Blaklez— both are featured in DJ Waxxy’s hit ‘One Love’— will join the Malawian artist on television.
Those who will not be satisfied with the artists’ television outing will have to make a date with them, as they are set to perform again tomorrow. In this case, the venue will be Harem, Rosebank, in South Africa.
From the look of things, both the television appearance and stage performance are meant to prop up the image of the artists while selling the collaborative product that is ‘One Love’.
“The song [‘One Love’] is about one love. We, as Africans, need to stand together, wake up and smell the coffee. United we stand, divided we fall. Let’s love each other and work to progress our people.
“It is good to work with world-class artists and it helps me grow and produce world class music. It also puts my brand on the world map. The Tay Grin brand is global and it is expanding every day,” Tay Grin said.
While it is the first time for Tay Grin, real name Limbani Kalilani, to perform with Reason and Blaklez, he has collaborated with DJ Waxxy and Buffalo Souljah.
In fact, some of his collaborations have attracted awards. For example, when Tay Grin collaborated with Namibia’s Gal Level, in ‘My Type of Guy’ video, they won Channel O awards in 2009.
Since then, he, like a bright flower, has attracted a number of bees in the form of awards.
In 2014, he was voted Most Influential Person by Hub Magazine UK [United Kingdom]. That same year, he won a Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts (Beffta) award for Best International African Act.
In short, the awards that been coming in droves because, in 2016, he won Beffta Star Award in the music category, and was, during the same year, voted Malawian urban Artist and his music video scooped Urban Music People’s Best Video.
Additionally, he won the 2016 WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards Best Traditional Video award with ‘Chipapapa’, which features Nigeria’s 2baba.
When 2017 came, he would have been excused for not winning anything. Instead, he went a step further, dominating Nyasa Music Awards by emerging winner in three categories of Best Male, Best Live and Best Video.
Tay Grin has collaborated with Sway (United Kingdom), Brick & Lace (Jamaica), Naeto C (Nigeria), Ice Prince (Nigeria), 2face (Nigeria), Wahu (Kenya), Nameless (Kenya), Double HP (South Africa), Lira (South Africa), Buffalo Souljah (Zimbabwe), Gal Level (Namibia), Scar (Botswana), Petersen (Zambia), Kmillian (Zambia), Vee (Botswana), Stagga (Botswana), Hamoba (Zambia), Slap Dee (Zambia), DA Les and Ishmael (South Africa) Orezi (Nigeria) and Ric Hassani (Nigeria).
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