SONG REVIEW: MIXXY’S PA EASY ft AFUNIKA

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Micaiah Ng’onga ‘Mixxy‘ is a third year Survey major student at the Copperbelt University. He is one of the Zambian upcoming artists on fire. He  has  done  a  couple of  other  songs  that  have  received  airplay on  some radio stations  and  clubs in  Lusaka. He has worked with Royal Prince and Mari fro­m  Cabin records. On  this  new  jam, he  features the king of New Version of Kalindula, Afunika.

Pa easy is a song that reminds us of how speed kills. Mixxy is advising us to take it easy because the consequences of speed is crushing.

The  proverbial being that  ‘life  ain’t  no  crystal stair‘ limits the shocks of  the  results  of  shortcuts taken  to succeed. Many people  take  shortcuts to  improve  their  lives  or  decide  to  create   a  dangerous or risky definition of  pleasure.

These  days  young  girls and boys tend  to  become  regular club partakers  which  is  really cool if  they  think  about  it, but  the  thing  is  they  have  yet  to  go  to  university,  but they  are  exposing  themselves  to wrong  people and  creating  a  wrong  impression as  they  become  alcoholics at  a  tender  age. They  begin  to engage  in  adult  activities and  as  Afunika sings in  the  chorus, Ichalo ichi Chilalya  (The  world eats), a bemba saying symbolic of   death. There is HIV and other consequences through such behavior which again results to death. Mixxy urges young youths to wake up and take  it  easy because everything  has  it’s  own  time.

To terminate suffering or because of  envy of people acquiring possession, people  seek  shortcuts to  get  money  or  get  rich. People  tend   to  take  part  in  illegal activities like  corruption and  theft. Eventually the  crimes  catch up  with you and  you  are  put  behind bars. Before this  happens to  you, Mixxy reminds  you  to  take  it  easy.

There  are  plenty  other  situations or  examples where  we  can’t  take  it  easy  and   so   whenever  we  try  to rush let  us  be  able to  think  of  the  consequences and  eventually refrain from  such an  action.

You  can  have  a  listen/download of  PA  EASY HERE. Please  remember to support MIXXY and share. You  can  also drop your  views of  the  song  in  the  comment box  below.

THE ZAMBIAN MUSIC AWARDS 2015: REVIEW

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A stupendous stage beaming with magnificence, beauty and massive talent was the sun that gave light to a national audience left in elation and satisfaction last Saturday night. It was visible that a concrete rehearsal had been put in place as the events proceeded smoothly. The Zambian Music awards, thanks to Zambian Breweries, allowed no room for being mundane

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While many award ceremonies choose to have a comedian host, the #ZMA2015 took a different route with Chishala Chitoshi Jr, keeping it cool, but managing to have no monotony written anywhere on him. Kutemba Sakuhuka was an equal match and I would suggest Sulu hosts the next awards.

Dilish and Cleo Ice queen presenters of best club DJ

Dilish and Cleo Ice queen presenters of best club DJ

Having Dilish Peya Mathews as one of the guest presenters was a great string to pull. It represented an international evolution showing how eminent and serious these awards have become as the Industry stretches across borders.Also Legends handing over awards was very necessary. Nasty D, Mc Wabwino and Mweembe Chulu stepping on stage reminded us of how far we have come even as we saw new artists like Kantu perform incredibly.

Talking of performances, it will be impossible to overlook Izrael and Nalu’s. What really set this one apart was the fact that Izrael was able to perform different pieces in a new way, but coupled with great coordination.We had a feel of his timeline as he led us from Exile into Izrael. The beautifully voiced Nalu later joining him led to the climax of their performance.

Willz and Wezi perform Toliwe

Willz and Wezi perform Toliwe

I like to think Urban hype made up for Willz’s overdone performance. They took it so easy, while Willz left me thinking he has been watching too many BET awards lately when he kept running on stage while screaming “Turn up” among many other uncoordinated sounds as Wezi and the backup singers tried to deliver. In a nutshell, Toliwe as a heavyweight jam, left much to be desired.

millz performs

millz performs

Performances of genres like Kalindula added the ‘real Zambian’ flavour to the flow and reggae represented by Milz was electrifying. The Northmead Mega choir left fans on twitter tweeting they would be in Bishop Banda’s church the following day. Their performance not only had us feeling religious, but also carried an inspirational message to empower Zambians: “Shine, now is your time”.

Tsean and Scarlet perform a tribute to the Late P.Jay

Tsean and Scarlet perform a tribute to the Late P.Jay

Tell me. What was more fitting and thoughtful than a great tribute to P.Jay? Tsean,Scarlet and Starn delivered an angelic performance and that’s not because they were clad in white. They resurrected Brian as they performed his pieces.

Before I get to the awards, I would like to comment on the Fashion. I don’t need to be a connoisseur, but the ladies’ dressing would do no discredit to western award shows. We were left wondering what designers they went to as Zambia saw unique dresses on the Stage. Coming to the guys, Chefy was a gentleman, Abel Chungu was still in the Easter Jesus play,Tsean was a Nigerian, Wilz was Kanye west and Macky 2 learnt from his big brother exposure. I’m joking, but seriously most of the attendees were on point. I just hope local designers will be supported more in the future.‘Local is lacka’ yeah?

11149122_936082206425880_1308130654382933755_nOh yeah. Finally, the awards. Like I tweeted on twitter on the very night, I believe these awards have rewarded nothing, but the best and deserving. I find nothing wrong and I am not left skeptical (nor do I expect anyone else to be) that Abel Chungu and Chef 187 collected that many awards. It is evident from what these two individuals produced last year that they really deserved the cake.Wilz deserved the Best New Artist Award. We felt his grand entrance into the game and gave him a pass through our votes. He is really talented and a natural entertainer as we saw. It is sad Kantu had to come at the same time because she equally deserved the award.

Among other tightly contested awards was the Song of the year. All three songs had made so much noise in the country, but the fans chose Mama Rebecca, a very unique song that echoed a mixture of Hip-hop and Kalindula. So many categories were visited giving an opportunity to myriads of artists.

Looking for the flaws in these awards isn’t really the way to go. I believe it took a lot of resources and personal sacrifices to keep them going and most of all, we have a clear picture of how music is evolving in the county. One step at a time, we will soon be there. Well done Zambia and congratulations to all the nominees and most of all congratulations to the winners.

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THE ZAMBIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY: THE EVOLUTION

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The Zambian economy may have struggled over the past decade, but the Zambian Music Industry has enjoyed a smooth evolution to a much more contemporary level. With so much western influence taking course, the audience for this developed/ evolved music has come to surpass that of the more cultural and Zambian like music- Kalindula. Kalindula music has never really sounded different to our ears. It continues to bare the same old characteristics, but remains a successful genre.

Thanks to computer software, making beats has never been easier. Supported by advanced sound recording systems and the emergence of never seen before talent, nothing less than good music is expected. However, good music also depends on several other factors. Back in the day, competition between producers was not really defined. Today, Teyabana iyo (No kids allowed). In the past, a beat was either made at Roma side (TK), by Jerry fingers, Ben Blazer or sling beats.

But, today. Wow! Just Look at the work the new players have done. The likes of Dice, Shom-C ,Tonny Breezy, Cream Dollar, Tsean, MZenga Man, Vue Smallz, Skillz, Dj Buggar, Magg 44, Baska Baska and a lot more others. Who could have envisioned this back then? These players have redefined Zambian music. Their ever creative minds have produced ‘sick’ beats that leave you dancing, sentimental, in euphoria and decades later, will breed nostalgia in you.

Around 2008, Zambian music witnessed the birth of a Producer who has greatly contributed to the becoming platinum of musicians who have in turn influenced the game greatly. Baska Baska came on the scene as a master of unique beat creation. The way he played around with snares was very interesting. Dandy Crazy’s first Hit- Mami can be accredited to him.

But redefining music is never complete without the owners of the voices- the singers. First of all, salute to the legends, Mc Wabwino, Crisis Mr Swagger, J.k, Ozzy, Danny, K.Millian, Nasty D, Ba Crazy, Joe Chibangu, General Kanene, Slap D, Hamooba,TY2, Mozegetor, Macky 2,Roberto, Ruff Kid now known as Ruff Kaida, Alubusu mhsrip, Mampi, Shatel, Black Muntu, The third, Mainza, Pompi, Petersen , Danny Peddle among many others.

Today we accredit the evolution of the game to the present players. The industry is simply flooded, but standing out more than others initiates recognition. Also the consistency of some legends is simply stupendous, Jk’s for example. We celebrate the best that ever did it in the modern day: Macky 2, the genius minds Chef 187 and Stevo, the sweet voiced, Judy yo, Afunika, T.sean, Brisky, B.Flow,Salma, kantu, Pilato, B1, the unmatchable P.jay mhsrip, Dalitso, Kay Figo, Magg 44, Muzo, OC, Willz, Swish,Slap D, Jae Cash, Zone Fam, Bobby East, Abel Chungu and myriads more.

Technology has been a useful tool. Not only does it allow for easier production of music, it also enables easier distribution of music, given the escalation in the number of Zambians with access to the World Wide Web. Indimba.com is with no doubt the biggest Zambian online music distributor apparently. Packed with latest jams from well known artists, indimba.com allows you to pick out whatever hit (mostly done after 2012) you wish to have and what’s more? For free. However indimba does not give enough attention to underground or upcoming musicians just like most radio stations. Believe me there is so much talent out there that deserves recognition and if they are not supported, the growth of the industry remains stunted bearing in mind that variety is the spice of life. Why should an artist have to pay a local radio DJ to have their song played on radio? That is preposterous. Talented underground artists deserve every support they can get to make it. However, Zambianmusicblog.com does endeavor to feature a lot of upcoming artists and itsretunes.com is a great hub for contemporary gospel music lovers. All three websites are however doing quite the job though. We never had such 10 years ago. Music is easily ‘replicated’ in the process and everyone gets a copy, but beware of the rising piracy problem. Also the first ever Zambian music app called Zee music is available for download on ITunes and Google play. This one really supports so many underground artists.

JK and Salma

JK and Salma

Coming to music videos, we may want to focus on a particular trend setter: Jordan Katembula. By observing his videos from Ka gelo to Telemundo loving, you can nearly describe the transition of Zed music videos. I have never seen Zambians fuss so much about a Zambian music video more than when J.K delivered KapiriPiri. Yes, the beautiful Salma Dodia was on everyone’s lips (mostly because she was mixed), but how elegant and impeccable the video appeared is what made history. Zambia had for the first time seen a somewhat western video done by a Zambian. As J.K continued to produce more high definition pictures and winning awards for them, he started getting other artists out of their comfort zone to spend more on videos and today we have seen the plummet of videos shot using simple digital camera. Musicians are excelling at videos. Zone Fam have been good, Chef 187 just to mention a few.

If you look at the GBM video by Pilato, you may easily despise it because the setting is not really attractive. I think whoever directed that video is mad genius. Does creativity get any better than that? The gist is, artists are getting attached to the idea that a perfect music video is one that shows beautiful scenery. I mean why pretend. The industry doesn’t even pay that well and the owner of the car and money you flaunted will get his items back after the last scene is shot. The Amarulah video is really amazing, most spectacular; I mean why can’t we see it on Trace or Chanel O? Roberto is just as good as Diamond from Tanzania, but he isn’t being recognized as he should be. Anyway that is another story I will look at in part two, which will feature the international platform and Zambian music. So look out for it.

Lastly, the industry has become so vicious and entirely competitive. I mean do you remember how long it took for us to get over a hit more than a decade ago? Nasty D’s song lasted more than 18 weeks on the Local Rhythms Count Down, today that is impossible. There is always a new hit waiting to displace the current one. With creative artists like Macky 2 we are no short of hits. I picked the Local Rhythms Countdown on Radio phoenix, because it has been the most consistent chart that has represented the people’s choice. Seeing Five-four and Salma’s song on the chart showed that Zambians had started appreciating Zambian Hip-hop performed in English. Later, two of Camstar’s songs joined the chart. This was an evolution indeed. DJ scratch I believe from phoenix deserves some appreciation for having promoted this kind of hip-hop on his show every Saturday evening at 9.
Thanks for reading and be sure to check out part two coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Look at TY-BEATS

Ty-Beats

Ty-Beats

Ty-beats is a young gifted and talented upcoming Zambian R&B artist from Lusaka. An IMIS student with a goal of achieving his dream of becoming one of the best R&B Artist in the land. His inspirational words are ”Everyone is talented, make use of your talent” his favorite quote is “Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices, so climbing is performed in the same posture with creeping”. Known by his stage name ” Ty-Beats” He started singing at the age of ten (10). He once sang in church with a song composed by him and his friends. At the age of 14 he took to the stage at school at competition that was open for all students and managed to take the third place. With his hit song ”She Ain’t Easy” he has received a good number of downloads and the digits keep rising. Ty- Beats Aim is to continue to work hard for what he desires. Check out his music at http://www.reverbnation.com/tybeats1

Ty-beats

Ty-beats