It is not easy to craft a song, especially when there is little time to do it.
This is the situation that renowned poet and lead producer Q Malewezi and team found themselves in as they were engaged to produce the theme song for the 41st Ordinary Summit of Southern African Development Community (Sadc) Heads of State and Government, that kicked off with meetings on Monday, in a short period.
“We were engaged to produce the song and we only had two days to do it. We had to look at which artists would be ideal and have the skill and knowledge and we decided on Faith Mussa, who is an international artist and needs no introduction, and Esther Chitheka Louis, who is an amazing singer and songwriter,” Q said.
In a video on the making of the theme song, Q and team take us through the process of the creation of the track titled ‘It’s Our Time’ and its production.
He said the success of the theme song stems from team work.
“No artist is being featured by the other but rather its collaboration,” Q said.
Apart from Q and the two musicians, the other key players who were part of the production of the theme song are sound engineer Shadreck Kalukusha and session artist Sam Mjura Mkandawire.
Faith, who has performed in several platforms in and outside the country, described the team working on the theme song as the best.
On the message in the song, the ‘Desperate’ and ‘Mdidi’ star said they looked at things Malawi would benefit from the summit, citing, among others, trade, tourism and business partnerships before putting it into a song.
“We looked at how Malawi is going to benefit from the summit; you talk of trade, tourism and business partnerships and then try to find a good way of presenting it in music,” he said.
Esther said it feels good for her to be Malawian and that she enjoyed working with the team on the theme song.
“Faith is creative and always looking to bring new things and, having worked with him for a long time, we linked up well and our voices connected,” the former Zathu Band member said.
Esther described Q as a good producer and that he knows what he wants from a production.
The theme song that celebrates Sadc coming to Malawi has been done in English and Chichewa and calls on Malawians to come together and celebrate this development.
The theme song also speaks volumes of the beauty of Malawi and urges Malawians to take advantage of Sadc to get different opportunities in different sectors and also market the country to the world.
There is even justice done to the track as there is a fusion of different languages spoken in the country as part of promoting culture.