- Song: Faka Mpweya
- Composer: Christopher Malera
- Artist: Avo Kado
- Producers: Spesho Dee, and Zupah B
- Studio: Marvelous Records
- Date of premier: 9th October 2017
- Review by; Gibson C Kamanga
When you know you’re amazing, blow your own trumpet- Unknown
According to Buddhism teachings, Nirvana is a transformed state of personality where there is eternal bliss or tranquility and one’s mind is free from all those mishaps of the world. It is such a condition whereby the mind is void of negative mental states and emotions such as doubts, worry, fear and other related mental disturbances (tricycle.org)
That appears to be the state of mind in which Avo Kado is in, if his newly released afro-beat track, FAKAMPWEYA is anything to go by.
The song is nothing but a feel-so-good melody that rekindles a listener of the crazy brains that is in Avo Kado. It is that song that is likely going to dislodge Malceba’s Apse Mtima concept; the concept that had been on everybody’s lips, and had been trending on the social media like crazy.
FAKAMPWEYA is a Chichewa term that roughly mean to pile up pressure on to whatever it is at the time. It can also mean more fire. That mantra that keeps you going whenever your energies are failing you. Those two concepts exactly depict the mood that is in the song, cheery. It is a song that is unveiling the current status of the persona; an exultant mood.
Going through the narration, it is clear the persona is on a Hakuna-Matata jamboree. He is untroubled. And the opening statement is a clear testimony of this.
Kupanda kuika nyimbo iyiyi
To somebody who is listening to the song for the first time, the statement is not that catchy. However, what is making it more beguiling is the fact that the speaker was a moniker to some revered retired local politician. Now ordering Joy Nathu (2 FM’s DJ) to play the song is not only appealing but also ear catching as it keeps the listener guessing on what their eardrums are to vibrate for.
More so, bearing in mind that the song was being premiered on 2 FM’s Made on Monday Program, and Avo Kado was the guest for the night, make that statement golden.
For somebody with a keen listening ear, the mganda-traditional beats at the onset of the song clearly prickle some curiosity on what Fakampweya is all about. This nosiness is also cemented by the unorthodox methodology that Avo Kado has applied in this narration.
The past two or three previous songs from this rhetorician are miles away from the instrumentation and its subsequent impact of this afro-beat, Fakampweya.
Still more, the opening statement keeps one in suspense on the message and of course the theme; it keeps one guessing.
Luckily, the suspense is quickly annihilated the moment the hook vibrates your tympanic membrane; colloquially termed, the eardrum.
Avo avo avo
Faka mpweyaaaaaaa (repeat)
With his customary husky and thunderous voice, the moment he introduces the hook glorifying his persona, you just know what the song is all about…gaiety. And that is not all; children’s backings, echoing and responding to Avo Kado’s self-glorifications mantras clearly paint a picture of some childhood playground where a village champion could be religiously followed by the latter.
The song is set in a semi urban or a rural area as evidenced by not only the visible traditional beat, but also the thick diction that has always identified Avo Kado.
In the first verse, the self-glorification of his prowess is evident as he likens himself to a childhood folklore character, Njanjinamano. Legends claim this character was able to lift rail bars with his bare teeth.
Nyimbozi ndi jegwede
Here, he claims he is the said rail-bar-lifting character, and music, to him is just like any food he can gnaw anytime anywhere; insinuating music composition and performing is an easy meal for him.
If that was not a good indicator of his snobbishness in the musical arena, then the following lines sum it up.
Kuposa ‘vina Mahempe
Mahempe is a popular purely traditional song from Motabaseo, a Tswana singer, producer, and song writer. So popular is Mahempe that it is now on everybody’s lips locally and is a common sight in most of the local celebration gatherings; you talk of engagement ceremonies, weddings and the like.
Now, to claim that your song could not only equal, but surpass the popularity of such a smash hit is an overstatement that should not be taken lightly. But thanks to Avo Kado’s Fakampweya, he is the dare devil.
Once such a statement is made, the beat’s decibel levels are lowered, giving room for the kids’ background vocals to take centre stage. This, indirectly assists in pumping emphasis to the earlier statement, hence allows the message to sink in.
Obviously, to those who have ever sampled Mahempe inside out will be exasperated with Avo Kado’s claim. The assertion obviously opens a Pandora box of divergent views; other in and others against the statement.
It appears Avo Kado had already foreshadowed this as towards the end of the first verse, he diverts a little from glorifying his music, and starts praising his own prowess. According to him, nobody can ignore Avo Kado, whether he is loved, or loathed, but he simply cannot be ignored.
Ineyo ndi nyo kale
Avo Kado n’chi penalty
He claims he is so popular that even if one can claim to circumvent him, it is literary impossible as he is everywhere. He is a thorn in the flesh of whoever hates the sight and sound of Avo Kado.
Waiona Bangwe, is a term that used to be popular back in the early to mid 90’s. Back then, Bangwe township (in Blantyre) was synonymous with ruthlessness. So the statement used to mean “you’re gonna face the music”.
Marry that with the statement, Arsenal m’pakwao….ineyo n’chi penalty. Arsenal Football club is one of the top English sides in the Premier league. This is team that is a hard-nut to crack when playing at its home base, The Emirates Stadium. Now, according to Avo Kado, whoever undermines his lyrical prowess is the same as that unfortunate soccer team that concedes a penalty kick whilst playing away to Arsenal. You know what this means!
The second verse takes one back to some advanced snob tone of Avo Kado in both him as a person, and his music as well. The verse addresses some unknown target who was once popular but has now lost fame courtesy of this Fakampweya gentleman.
Nyimbo zanga zayaka iwe
Ndikulanda game ija
Ndakubera shine aise
Zoba uli m’maso
And he likens himself to the current world soccer player of the year, Cristiano Ronaldo so as to show he is laso at the pinnacle of the musical industry.
Now, if you thought the earlier snob-tones were slowing down, then you are in for a ride. The latter stages of the verse vomit what has been a typical AvoKado-ism over time; not mincing words.
M’mamidzi, m’ma town
Dzina langa anthem
Akazi akundifira irororrrrr
To hardcore dancehall reggae followers, those who are conversant with such conscious greats as Capleton, Sizzla Kalonje and others, it reaches a time, in their songs when they symbolically ‘burn’ all unwanted souls from the face of the earth. To them, there are some human beings that do not need to see another day courtesy of their sinful acts.
Though Fakampweya is not religious, but it has adopted a similar touch in dismantling all of Avo Kado’s foes. He goes on into a litany of addressing all those whom he regards as unfit to be in his world.
Adani anga onse – ndi fakampweya
Mazoba opusa aise – ndi fakampweya
Ujeni ujanso aise – ndi fakampweya (*2)
Here, Fakampweya had been used as a verb to refer to “sorting somebody out”.
As the narration goes to its twilight, he repeats his addresses to some unknown persona, reminding him that AvoKado is irresistibly popular such that one cannot ignore him no matter the attempts on the same.
The impact of his rich diction, and the afro-beat
Most of Avo Kado’s songs have always been rich in heavy Chewa diction; a feat that helps to emphasize the points being put across. The same has been applied here. Words such as aMjiba, instead of Shasha, and the use of the-then less popular word, Fakampweya for example, have helped to paint a picture that the song is indeed from the ghetto and not from some uptown location.
These are words that one can easily relate and coin in their everyday usage depending on the situation at hand.
Simply put, Fakampweya is one of those rare but rich words that can be applied anywhere and in any mood.
- to motivate, Fakampweya man (go on! Never give up!!)
- when one is pissed off: Ukupanga za Fakampweya (What you’re doing is rubbish!)
- to show vengeance: ndikuFakampweya (I’m gonna sort you out!)
- to demean: Gibson ndi Fakampweya (Gibson is a dunderhead…useless)
Spesho Dee and his Marvelous Records have done the M-Dubz industry much justice by fusing this melody with some traditional beat and at the same time, not completely going off touch with the singer’s usual identity.
Such mganda drumming plus the usual Chewa accent from Avo Kado as well as the rich diction in the lyrics makes this not only danceable, but also a likely hit on the streets in both rural and urban areas. People can easily relate the Fakampweya happenings day in day out. It can be sung anywhere from the watering holes to the engagement ceremonies.
Perhaps we should give Avo Kado the benefit of doubt that Fakampweya will indeed, surpass the popularity of Mahempe. Let us wait and see!
Download Fakampweya from the link below.