OPINION: My E-True Revolver Story: Revolver Tribute

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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.

 

#OPINION: The Trap Squad situation

By Harold Kapindu

Pop music lovers remember Backstreet Boys, NSYNC or Spice Girls. R&B fans remember B2K, Destiny’s Child or Silk. Hip Hop heads remember Almighty RSO, EPMD or Grave Diggers. The question is where are these groups now? The obvious answer is they don’t exist anymore. They parted ways.

No matter how close people may become in a group, at some point they grow apart. It may be because of age; members grow up and get married whereby having huge responsibilities or simply having different ideologies as they grow older. In some cases, some members feel they have become bigger than the group prompting them to pursue solo careers. Or it might be because of greediness.

Lately, we have seen Blantyre based urban music group, Trap Squad members going back and forth on social media and on radio. Apparently, Sir Patricks and Stich Fray have left the group. The rumour was they were to be signed to Dan Lu’s label but the two artists in question denied the rumour. Then the remaining group members went on Joy Nathu’s “Made on Monday” radio show where they accused Sir Patricks of greed and coaxing Stich Fray to leave the group.

But, was going public a good idea or it was just another publicity stunt? We have seen groups breaking up or members leaving the group without anyone noticing. A break up story would come up when fans noticed that there was something wrong.  Questions would be asked after noticing that a member was missing at a concert or not appearing on an album.

Yes, there was no Facebook or Twitter but they had MySpace. They never took to their MySpace or went on radio to announce their exit from a group.

Some groups break up for good while others break up and reunite. Even the mighty WU-Tang Clan and Mobb Deep once broke up.

Where there are two or more people conflicts will always arise. What matters is how do you resolve those conflicts? Addressing internal issues in public is not a good idea. This only strips off your integrity as human beings. Remember, you are a human being before an artist.