OPINION: My E-True Revolver Story: Revolver Tribute

revolver

Revolver

By Harold Kapindu

Its been a week since Revolver answered God’s call. Its been a week since I posted something on Facebook or tweeted. Mainly because of two reasons, firstly I didn’t want to sound too emotional and secondly, I am not type that takes it to social media when something is trending.

Am not going to say Revolver was a good or bad person because showering praises at the departed is not my cup of tea. And as per tradition, we do not speak ill of the departed. But am going to share something, you be the judge.

I knew Revolver at MCA in 2008. We both loved Hip Hop and we both rapped so we quickly became friends. He featured me on his first radio hit track “Been around the world”. I know most of you think “Hustle ngati M’mwenye” and “Sindidanda” were his only hit songs. Well, I wouldn’t blame you because you don’t know the history.

Revolver broke out when mainstream radio was not playing Hip Hop. The only time Hip Hop songs were enjoying airplay was at night on FM 101’s “The Drill” and Joy radio’s “The Tunnel”. This was the time when “Been around the world” introduced Revolver to the underground Hip Hop community.

When he was MCA entertainment president, we used to booze together till wee hours. He gave me food when I was hungry; he gave me a place to sleep. He was one of the few artists that visited me at home in Zingwangwa. When I visited Mzuzu, I only knew Revolver and Ron CZ. They gave me friendship in a strange place, when I needed it the most.

In 2012, when I was active in music, I organized a show at Zanzi (now Amazon club), most artists I approached charged me. Revolver offered to perform for free and he travelled all the way from Blantyre. This is the guy who believed in my craft.

On 4th November 2016, I travelled to Blantyre to cover the UMP Awards. On Saturday night, I met Ron CZ who told me Revolver had gone for an operation but had been discharged. He said he was at Home. We agreed to go see him the following morning, Sunday 6th November. That was when we heard he was gone.

Distance and work affected our friendship. He was based in Blantyre, I am based in Lilongwe and the only time we talked was on Facebook, twitter and on the phone. I could not tell exactly what he was going through. Typical of all men, we always try to look strong even if we are unwell.

Its always unbelievable to hear a friend has died. Having heard the condition Revolver was in; I still found it hard to believe. But, depending on how one thinks, some say “we live to die” while others say “we are dying to live” and one day we all shall meet our maker.

I remember meeting Able at the UMP Awards. Able is a kid I have known for years. He is a good freestyle rapper and a battle rapper. He has won 6 battle raps consecutively including the UMP battle raps since its inception. Able promised me that he was going to dedicate his victory to Revolver if he won. Unfortunately, he lost. After losing, he walked straight to me and said; “Sorry man, I let you and Revolver down.” And I replied, “It’s all good fam, it happens. You win some, you lose some.” I was not disappointed.

Able was very disappointed. But am sure, where ever he is at, Revolver was not disappointed.

Then, when the event started, artists took turns to salute the fallen rapper. Physix, Fredokiss, Rina among others used every opportunity to pay homage to Revolver.

Now let me address, the issue of lack of love and unity at the Revolver burial. Contrary to what has been trending on social media, the issue has nothing to do with lack of love and unity rather the issue is to deal with punctuality.

As Malawians, we have this preconceived notion that burials take place around 3 or 4 pm. By 1:30pm, Revolver’s remains were lowered into the grave. The time most people were leaving to attend the burial. The true story is, most artists came late while others gave up when they heard that the ceremony was done. And as for a tribute song, good things take time and am sure artists are in the studio working.

We have lost a friend and a brother. Rest well my friend.

 

SHAMBOKO BEVERAGES HIP-HOP TALENT SEARCH

Hip-Hop artist Martse (left) set to perform at the TimeOut Cypher this Saturday. Photo courtesy of TOYA Photography.

Hip-Hop artist Martse (left) set to perform at the TimeOut Cypher this Saturday. Photo courtesy of TOYA Photography.

Shamboko Beverages, a Lilongwe-based alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages production company is investing in local Hip-Hop music talent search as a way of promoting Malawian urban talent, with the first initiative dubbed “Timeout Cyphers” rolling this weekend, Saturday 4th July 2015 at Mbowe Filling Station from 13:30 to 17:30.

TimeOut is one of the products by Shamboko Beverages and is funding the project to the tune of K7 million. The show will run in seasons with the first season, which has six episodes, scheduled to end in December.

Contenders will have to battle in the cyphers and the winner of each episode will have free recording deals at Studio6, with free beats from Lilongwe-based veteran Hip-Hop producer Dominant One aka D1, who will also be the host of the “Timeout Cypher” show, whose video recordings will be featured on all leading entertainment shows on local televisions including MBCtv, Zodiak TV, Timveni TV and Times TV every last Friday of the month.

Caleb Kawamba, Head of Marketing & Sales at Shamboko Beverages, says: “We have invested in promoting entertainment events before such as social weekends in schools like Bunda College and NRC as well as the launch of Gwamba’s first album and have noticed that Hip-Hop/Rap music has a big influence on young people, especially urban youths.

“We have decided to make this our first initiative on the basis that we will be promoting the talent as well as providing entertainment. At the end of Season 1 we will produce the Cypher featuring the best MC’s (rappers) in Season 1 and that’s six artists.”

Shamboko Beverages, which also produces the popular local cream liquor called “Ngwazi” as well as bottled and sachet water called “Nyanja ndi Yathu”, have big plans toinvest in the local entertainment industry as they are also looking at the dance and fashion industries with great interest.

“Dancing competitions will surely be a part of ‘Timeout Cyphers Season 2’ but will definitely incorporate some during the first season [and] maybe soon we will announce another initiative towards fashion,” indicates Kawamba.

Currently, registration for the “TimeOut Cyphers” from interested candidates is underway via Whatsapp, SMS or Calls on this number +265995838307, which you can also call for more information. The launch show this Saturday will feature guest Hip-Hop artists Martse, Krazie G, Sage Poet and many more.

Audio Vision organizes Hip-Hop winter show

Third Eye scheduled to perform

Third Eye scheduled to perform

By Mana

In a quest to support local hip/hop music, entertainment film Audio Vision has organized a show dubbed ‘Malawi hip/hop Winter Show’ scheduled for June 13 at Robins Park in Blantyre.

The film’s Managing Director Tapps Bandawe has told Mana that the event aims at supporting the development of hip/hop music in the country.

“We basically just want to support and celebrate the hip/hop section of music in the country and we thought there is no better way to do this than to organize a special show dedicated to this music genre,” he said.

“I started off as a hip/hop artist and I still have passion for it hence the commitment to support it,” added Bandawe.

According to Bandawe, 20 artists have confirmed participation at the show.

Tickets will be available from June 1st at steers Blantyre and Steers Polytechnic and will go at K 1500. Patrons will pay K2000 at the door.

Some of the artists scheduled to perform are Tay Grin, Piksy, Third Eye, Gwamba, Mafo, Barry One, Blak Jak, Diktator, Renegade, Fredokiss and Dominant 1.

Piksy takes a swipe at copycats

Piksy

Piksy

By Harold Kapindu

Lilongwe, 14 May 2015, Mana: Celebrated artist, Piksy on Wednesday night took time off his busy schedule to criticise and advice both up and coming and established musicians on what type of music they should be producing.

The “Unamata” star, started off his rant with a sarcastic tweet saying, “Shout out to all the Malawian artists trying so hard to sound Nigerian… you really are making the industry boring. #Salute

He further pointed out that if a Malawian sounds like Davido, he would rather listen to Davido.

“We Malawians, we have Manganje, Ingoma, Beni and many more cultural dances. We can work around that,” he advised.

The artist who seem to be fade up with Malawian artists copying Nigerian music went as far as saying, “Malawian artists who sound Nigerian shouldn’t get royalties from Copyright Society of Malawi (COSOMA). Azikatenga ku Nigeria konko”

“Wait, if you can’t sing but you want to contribute to the industry, you can contribute. You can pass around flyers or something,” he joked.

Piksy, a former member of the now defunct Atumwi shot to fame in early 2000s with a unique style of Hip Hop blended with Malawian cultural elements.

He is currently in the studio working on his second album titled ‘Mthunzi’ scheduled to be released later this year.

Sunshine Bright Lights Lyrics

Artwork

Artist: K-Bonnie

Song: Sunshine Bright Lights

Year: 2015

V.I.P to G.O.D… hahahaha, Ey yoh, Rebel Musiq… wuddup? Young O… I see you/alright now check this out/ama, ama keep it 100 witchu, this right here, is a feel good song, it’s a feel song for you and for me

Verse 1

Where am from we get high to get by no lie tryna live before we die/it’s a new day I got some good-good up to no good and that’s good, living the fast life young black and gifted/power moves making chips pay dues and chicks with doubles Ds/Mini mes wonder how I do this ease am like please/am awesome like Miz am legend like Dz I never leave my block like Amber and Wiz/born in LL raised in B-Town, Mzuzu show me love, Zomba you always above/RIP to the brothers that died, CN, King Shaka and my brother A.I/Why they went early? We never know God’s plan, nobody lives forever, we had a good run

HOOK

The hood, the block, the getto, the spot, sunshine bright lights/we in the hood

The hood, the block, the getto, the spot, sunshine bright lights/it’s all good x4

Verse 2

Papi on the block used to keep it 100, started stacking stacks left the block never came back/cats used to chill on his corner, the same spot Jimmy became a storner/Jimmy got the hood on his back, same love the hood gives the love back/dark hours last longer than sunshine, we still push bricks day by day never had time to whine/am all about my business, Blasto never takes mine, Chiwaya for breakfast, Chiwaya for lunch even when we dine/each one knows one so each one never hurts one/this is for the hood that I ever represented, area 3, one eight, 47, area 10, Chinsapo included/if you ever disrespected prepare to get jaded

HOOK

The hood, the block, the getto, the spot, sunshine bright lights/we in the hood

The hood, the block, the getto, the spot, sunshine bright lights/it’s all good (repeat till fade)

K-BONNIE RELEASES NEW SINGLE, ANNOUNCES EP

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Malawi’s own Hip Hop Advocate, Rapper and Journalist Harold Kapindu popularly known by his stage name K-Bonnie has released a surprise single “Sunshine Bright Lights” and announced new EP titled “When a Black Sheep becomes Elephant in the room”.

According to the rapper, both the new single and EP are a response to Hip Hop lovers who have been questioning his silence and absence from the music industry.

“I used to be active in Hip Hop a few years ago. Many people think I quit and some people think am washed up. To be honest, the industry is quite frustrating at the moment. Our music is one dimensional and everybody sounds like everyone else. Nowadays, most of these new artists are releasing songs without a passion.

“I wouldn’t blame them though because that is how Hip Hop has changed, it is no longer a cultural movement it has become a very lucrative business. It really hurts to keep a pile of written material because you feel people can’t relate. I have books of rhymes but I feel depressed whenever I want to record. I really lack inspiration,” Explained K-Bonnie.

“Sunshine Bright Lights” was produced by Lilongwe based Rebel Musiq and mixed by Ivor Otomani of Oto Boys Music Inc. while “When a Black Sheep becomes Elephant in the room” EP is expected to have productions from Ireland based Namez and Rebel Musiq.

K-Bonnie made an impact on the local Hip Hop industry in mid 2000s. He co-hosted Hip Hop shows with DJ Kenny Klips on FM 101 Power, Joy radio with DJ Mbuzi (Marcus of Dare Devils) and Star Radio. In 2010 he released a hit song ‘Chinam’balala’ which exposed him to the mainstream music industry. He has since collaborated with Young Kay, Dare Devils, Nameless and Revolver among others.

Follow the link for free downloads http://mdubvibe.com/song-details/?sid=4731

Local artists shine at Cassper Nyovest’s Malawi concerts

Cassper Nyovest set to tour Malawi next month

By Harold Kapindu

Lilongwe, March 24, 2015, Mana: South Africa’s multi award winning Hip Hop artist Cassper Nyovest was in the country performing a series of concerts alongside local urban artists in Lilongwe and Blantyre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The artist arrived on Friday 20 March at Chileka Airport in Blantyre and attended a pre-party at Chez Mtemba where Malawi’s own Gwamba, Mafo and Dali performed.

On Saturday and Sunday, Cassper performed at College of Medicine Sports Complex in Blantyre and Alexander’s Pub in Lilongwe respectively. Local urban artists Dictator, Phyzix and Fredokiss among others curtained raised both concerts.

Despite the main act wowing the crowd, it was intriguing to see fans enjoying their home grown talent on the dance floor.

In an interview with Mana on Tuesday, artist manager and radio DJ Kenny Klips said the audience showed maturity and patriotism.

“This is a very welcome development. We have complained for a long time that the locals don’t support local industry. This is a sign that we are maturing and learning how to promote one another,” explained Klips.

He further urged local artists to practice and perfect stage performances to match international standards saying; “One can easily differentiate a local from international performance. Artists need to learn how to check their vocal projections and they must communicate well with a DJ if they are using CDs.”

In his remarks, Cassper Nyovest who also has Malawian roots said the trip was nothing short of amazing.

“I got to see my roots and perform for my people. They came out in numbers and sang along to every song. I spoke at a school in Blantyre where I motivated kids and I’m literally living my dream.

“Grandfather would have been proud. I can’t wait to show my grandmother all the videos back home. Malawi I will be back, I love you,” He explained.

Nyovest, 24, has one of the top-selling albums of 2014, “Tsholofelo,” whose tracks won awards at the 2014 Channel O Music Awards. He won Most Gifted Male, Most Gifted Southern African artist, along with most gifted video of the year for his energetic song, “(Doc Shebeleza).”

Mana/hk