By Emmanuel Chitambuli.
Local up and coming Reggae dancehall artists have been challenged to rise above petty average songs by releasing sane and positive sounds to keep the genre going.
Malawi Broadcasting Corporation Radio 2 F.M’s presenter Dj Crystal made the call in reaction to the release of the second version of the Hii! !Hoo !Haa riddim; an ode to the fallen dancehall legend, Vic Marley who departed the planet 8 years ago on the 24th of May. Recall Njikho is the brains behind the riddim.
Initially, the riddim was just released as a medley before going full throttle as many artists had expressed interest with the project.
In an interview with EM, Crystal said modern-day artists should emulate the career paths of the late Vic Marley by dishing out mature music that can reach all corners of the society.
He said: “The late Vic Marley was very original, disciplined and matured artist. He played a pivotal role in ensuring that Malawians accept this genre in a really surprise way which is an achievement that made him to be known in many places. This is what our artists need to emulate.”
Meanwhile, Late Vic Marley’s family has welcomed the move by Recall of honouring their brother. According to Emmanuel Kunje (Star Marley), a young brother to the late Vic, the Kunje family has planned a number of projects to honour their departed hero.
Reveals he, “It is undeniable that our late brother impacted every soul out there through his music and we are planning to have Vic Marley’s T-shirt qualifying to the honor we have for him. We are also taking a direction of organizing a memorial show once we are done putting our financial muscles in order as we also request various stakeholders to render us a support.”
According to the producer behind the riddim, Recall Njikho, the response from interested artists has been so awesome.
He said: “In the first place, we thought the riddim will contain few artists but we are amazed now as at-least forty dancehall artists (dj’s) have shown interested in the riddim. This has forced the production to come into 3 episodes which contains close to 10 artists. The first medley came out on 14 May and the second one was released on 24 May a day we lost our brother and we hope to release the third one soon.”
One of the up and coming dancehall artists to have jumped into the riddim, Mzuzu-based Jomaco discloses that he felt humbled to have partaken in this project as it was the best way of honoring his hero.
He discloses: “Vic Marley made a good reputation while I was still young and I created ‘Akazamwalira’ which is one of his songs to ignite the good memories on ‘Ndikazamwalira’ a great song of Vic Marley that came as his last song until he died.”
The late Marley was famous for introducing the Hii-Hoo!! Haa mantra which came to symbolize his music. He died on 24th May 2005 in a tragic road accident along Lunzu road in Blantyre.