ARTIST OF THE WEEK
Dancehall. Reggae dancehall in Malawi has always been male dominated. The very few females that have dared this industry are usually on and off. But there is this hardcore dancefloor female genius, Beanca, who, if given much podium to maneuver, will be the next best thing to have landed on the local dance hall industry.
For those in doubts, ask those who patronized Busy Signal’s show at Civo Stadium, and Tanzania’s Diamond Platinumz’ show in Salima a couple of years ago, Beanca is the name that shall remain in their memories for ever.
It is with this background that EM’s Gibson C Kamanga profiles the life and musical background of this prolific dancehall princess.
Birth name: Precious Beanca Kapachika
Date of birth: 24th December, 1996
Single/taken? That’s private
Life outside music: I’m a small scale entrepreneur
Record label: None currently
THE MUSICAL JOURNEY
Origin of her passion in music, dancehall music: I have always loved music, and that’s why I’m doing music.
But seriously, it was around 2016. Having been listening to dancehall for some time, I noted that Malawi was devoid of ‘real’ dancehall. The more I listened to it, the more my passion grew to change the status quo. I felt something needed to be done to perfect the then dancehall that was hitting our air waves. And then I stepped into the studio…I didn’t disappoint.
It’s very interesting that prior to that, I have never sung (on a serious level) during my childhood
First professional song: Asamaleni
First professional producer: Dan T of Red Disc Music
First collabo: Mother, (a duet with General Waxy, it was produced by Gaffer Audience Records)
WHO’S WHO ON BEANCA’S MUSICAL LIST
Best friend, musically: Hilco, Sylvnia, and Blasto
Best Producer ever worked with? Every producer is good in their own right
Artist you would want to feature? Blasto
Role model in the industry? Blasto
Role model during her childhood: Late Grace Chinga
Who’s ruling the dancehall industry, locally: Everybody so long as they feel that way
Best moments in the music industry: When I shared the stage with Busy Signal at Civo Stadium. So too is with Diamond Platinumz, in Salima. The performances were awesome! I felt on top of the world.
Most embarrassing moments: When one Kelvin Sulugwe, former Spokesperson for Prophet Shepard Bushiri, spread false rumours about me via his Facebook profile. I was really hurt. Anyway, it happened. Good thing is, currently, we’re in good books. This was around May 2016.
Favourite colour: Apple green and white
Favourite Chilling spot in L city: At my shop
Favourite holiday destination: My home district, Mulanje
Dream car: D4D
Favourite international artist (s): Alkaline, and Spice
What do you hate most as a person? Back biting
TAKE HOME MESSAGE
“Let’s support each other, fellow Malawians. It takes one Malawian to support another. It begins with you.”