Unmasking Mlaka Maliro’s papa in ‘Number One’


When one Mlaka Maliro made a sudden resurgence on the musical scene by dropping “There’s no wine” (Vinyo watha) several years after staying in the oblivion and having just returned from beyond Malawi’s borders, there were still some doubting Thomases who were finding it hard to believe that Mlaka, who was full time in God’s ministry, was seriously back in music business and would recapture his past glory.

One could not, however, doubt the prowess and capability of Mlaka and as they say that all wine gets better with age, he did not lose his tradition of throwing similes and metaphors in his songs. You could say, by extension, Mlaka is continuing ministering, only this time through music.

From the time he offered us his first album Dzanja Lalemba to the sophomore years when he released numerous albums such as Maloto, Mlaka has stayed true to who he is and that probably is the reason why he goes by the monicker ‘Mlaka ndi Mlaka’. Little did people imagine that after several years away from the music stage, they would once again be enjoying music from Mlaka, let alone reading about it in articles such as this one.


A couple of performances, including one in the United States with the likes of ‘soldier’ Lucius Banda and a local tour with Alleluya Band, it appears, was just the perfect tonic that Mlaka needed to shrug off any stage flight, assuming he had developed cold feet while away from music.

For years, some people have hinted that most of Mlaka’s songs are prophetic, and the story was not much different in ‘There’s no wine’.

Ndayima lero pa gome kufuna kulalika uthenga wa ambuye


Tsiku lina mbuye yesu anapita ku

ukwati ndi mayi Maria

Madyelero ali mkati anthu ali chivinire

vinyo anawathera

Mwana wanga vinyo watha anatero

Maria kuuza ambuye!


****Chorus ****

They have no wine (they-have-no-wine!)

Vinyo wathaaa! (there’s-no-wine!)

Atsala ndi masanje musapusitsike

palibe chilipo

Msakomedwe ndi sweet talk mwana

wanga chonde anthuwa vinyo


There were some innuendos and theories that came up when “There’s no wine” dropped at the beginning of the year, and this largely revolved around who or what the song was referring to. That, however, did little to dissuade ‘thirsty’ fans from enjoying the song and it went on to make rounds on both radios and television stations.

It certainly affirmed the signal of intent by Mlaka to get back into good books with music fans who had felt the gap when the artist had taken time away from music to concentrate on God’s work.

And now, Mlaka has just dropped another brand new song “Number One” on which he enlisted the help of Piksy. And below is what the artist had to say on his facebook page about working with Piksy on the song.

“In life there are some people you are supposed to meet and there are some people you are supposed to miss. Trouble begins when you meet those you were supposed to miss and miss those you were supposed to meet. I thank God I met Piksy and Chicco Mulera,” he said.

Listening to the afro-jazz track for the first time, which is all about giving Yahwe a shout of praise for all the good he does for one regardless of some people’s feelings, one would be forgiven if, for a minute, were to think that you’re listening to an international artist and not just two of Malawi’s finest musicians. You would think that you are listening to the likes of South Africa’s legendary group, Bayete. But this is only because in “Number One”, Mlaka and Piksy have shown that they are and do belong in a league of international stars.

Don Foxy production!

Yahwe, you’re my number one papa ooh (hmmm mbamba ndi yahwe)

Yahwe, you’re my number one, Dad ooh (hmmm yahwe)

Dzina langali ambuye ine, talilembeni mu

m’buku loyera

Chikhumbokhumbo chamtimawu, mkamadzabwera n’dzakhale wanu

Nkafooka sikuti dala

Nkamachimwa ine sikuti dala

Musakwiye ndingayaluke

Khomo m’satseke ndingasekedwe!

Papa ooh!


Yahwe, you’re my number one papa ooh (hmmm mbamba ndi yahwe)

Yahwe, you’re my number one, Dad ooh (hmmm yahwe)

Yahwe, you’re my number one


It is at this point that we see Piksy, probably burning fumes off his recent offering “military”, jumping on “Number One” to give it a ‘hip-hop’ feel or, ‘Sendeza analysis’ magic perhaps?

Well, ‘sendeza’ or not, ‘hip-hop’ or not, the collaboration has proved magic and Piksy takes the ‘Number One’ piece to a whole different level:

Chonde mulembeko my name,ena akundichita condemn, reason andichotsere ulemu, ndilakwitse achite ine blame, kukondwera nkamachita complain, kudetsa mbiri ngati a’uchita campaign, nkhope yachisoni koma sali concerned, kuchita ku caller kungochita confirm, ayi sadzaona ine ndukanda, aonetseni inu ndi commander!

I think they is sent, mwina ufuna fame, kundichite frame, andizimitsire flame, andigonetsere game, ndiye andidye ndima game eeh! Sakujaja I’m a rare chain, ndikumwamba ndiku Heaven


Yahwe, you’re my number one

papa ooh (hmmm mbamba

ndi yahwe)

Yahwe, you’re my number one, Dad

ooh (hmmm yahwe)


Then Mlaka comes in for his second verse:

Mkamandicheza musamathe mawu

Mtunda ndikutha nzanu nkudumpha

Okwiya wina akalemera

Samakhala ndi

anzake olemera

Tsiku lina ndzachita bwino

Ndzatchedwa dona dzuwa likuswa


ayi sungani

Udzakhale umboni, pamawa pano, papa ooh


Yahwe, you’re my number one

papa ooh (hmmm mbamba ndi yahwe)

Yahwe, you’re my number one, Dad

ooh (hmmm yahwe)


Even the video itself, shot by VJ Ken, is of top standard judging by the choreography and sound quality.

But then, most songs these days disappear from the scene as fast as they come. We are, therefore, yet to see if “Number One” will indeed remain number one in music circles but one thing is clear; Mlaka means business!

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