Musical covers, a sign of laziness? Malawian musicians speak out – Malawi 24


It is constantly a tendency for Malawian musicians to fall into the dungeon of artists who do covers.

For starters, a cover or cover, or just a cover, is a new interpretation or recording of a song previously recorded and marketed by someone other than the original artist or composer.

The most recent trending song is the cover of King Chambieccos for Tito Mboweni by Casper Nyovest.

The cover of Desiigner’s Panda was designed by Charisma. He titled it “Kubanda”, a Chichewa word meaning to smoke. It remains an indisputable fact that the song earned the artist a name and was a hit on the local charts and on music shows.

Casper Nyovest’s Phumakin was remade by Omexeler in Malawi. He titled it ‘Phumanje’. He ended up shooting the video with the same concept Casper Nyovest used in the visuals. He apparently ended up gaining a little more fame for himself.

KB2 Block also fell into the same scenario while doing a cover for Emtee’s Roll Up. They named their own track “Kawale” after one of the popular townships of Lilongwe.

In the same vein, the artists went even further to shoot videos like those made by the artists whose cover and concept they took.

In these songs, it can be noted that even the beats and the touch are the same.
For the most part, the covers have been fully translated into Chichewa or repeat the vernacular and English.

Mbewe maintains that the blankets are not a sign of laziness.

But listening to commentary on the telephone music programs of local radio stations – a section primarily intended for callers to give advice to musicians, most callers ask one thing of musicians – “be true”, “do not copy others. songs ”.

The common remark to cover musicians is that they portray nothing but lack of creativity and laziness.
Others even called these artists ignorant.

“Musicians are inspired by one genre or another musician to compose or produce music. No one can claim that he was never inspired by a particular musician or song to become a musician himself. Everything has a starting point. Singing covers is not a lack of creativity. It is an act of inspiration. It is reinvention. It is expressing yourself by using what you have heard in the best possible way. It can be in your own language, genre, mood, tempo, key or rhythm, ”says MacFarlane Mbewe, art journalist working for Capital Radio Malawi.

Mbewe told Malawi24 that he believes musicians are inspired by the environment and that if one relies on spiritual notions, it is God who created everything and it is the environment that drives them. people to conjure up ideas.

Georgiz nyale
Georgiz says that the covers need a lot of creativity and there is no shortage of ideas.

He said: “Recording or performing a cover involves tailoring the piece as if it were your own. It is about memorizing the lyrics of the song. The key, tempo, and rhythm of the original song should be controlled, although you can choose to rearrange the room. It is literally expressing yourself through someone else’s product.

When asked to comment on his take on whether making covers involved a lack of creativity, a KB2 Block member Georgiz was quick to dismiss such a belief.

He argued that what ultimately matters is how an artist works on the cover.

His band, affectionately known for the hit song Anzawo a Masten, made the cover of Emtee’s Roll Up.

Block K2b - Kawale
A photo from K2b Block’s Kawale music video.

You can cover a song and make it sound better than the original version. You can cover a song in a way that people can understand. So picking up a song is not lacking in creativity, but in how you do it. It shows how flexible we are and we can do a certain type of song. So the coverage is not a problem, but the problem is how to cover it, ”he told this reporter before sternly defending their coverage which they called Kawale.

He added that doing a cover doesn’t necessarily pose a threat to Malawian music, saying artists need to be skillful and talented enough before doing covers.

“In Jamaica it works perfectly, you can see how many songs Busy Signal has covered, Roman Virgo. And how the reception is global, ”he said.

Georgiz’s feelings in this regard are also strongly in line with what Mwale thinks about what this trend may mean for Malawian music.

He said that by doing covers of international artists it implies that as Malawi our music is able to evolve over time and generally represents progress.

This means musicians challenge themselves. It means musicians are inspired to do great things. This means that Malawian musicians are ambitious. This means that local musicians are quickly joining the global music village, ”said Mwale.

King Chambiecco
King Chambiecco says the covers are taken from respect.

In a separate interview, King Chambiecco, whose cover of Casper Nyovest’s Tito Mboweni is currently airing, said that covers like Busy Signal’s have also been enjoyed in Malawi, which he thinks Malawians understand does not represent in no case a form of laziness of the musicians.

He admits being motivated by the way Casper Nyovest made the song and could only show the feeling by doing a cover.

He told this reporter that the treatment Malawians give to local artists is a clear indication of how much the nation values ​​foreign musicians and belittles theirs.

“I think people should start to cherish what Malawian artists present because we find that they treasure foreigners a lot more than their own artists… an artist from Malawi can do a good job on something than an artist. outside, but they always find something to oppose these artists. It is high time they accepted that we have too much talent here as outsiders, ”said Chambiecco.

He also believes that the covers would help the artist gain the much sought-after name and recognition.

The artist was quick to recognize the huge comments he received for Tito Mboweni’s cover song.

Block K2b - Kawale
A photo from K2b Block’s Kawale music video.

” I’m a dancehall artist and I ended up taking a hip hop and trap tune and turned it into a dancehall thing because I just had to show the world how sick I am to anybody. rhythm. And that is to be creative. Even many South Africans and artists tweeted to Casper how a dancehall artist from Malawi did a cover of his song and how they really liked it. It’s like getting South Africans to take an interest in Malawian artists, ”he added.

The arguments raise the question of whether Malawians are hypocrites in imagining covers of songs by international artists rather than those of local artists.

At the end of the day, said Chambiecco, what matters is making music that people love.


Kenneth T. Shippee

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