NEWS | ENTREPRENEUR
By Walusungu Munthali & Lawrence Nachipo
Urban music entertainers in the country have hailed the Nyau King (Tay Grin) for the successful launch of his Chipapapa non-alcoholic beverage saying it will motivate fellow entertainers and youths alike to invest in their talents.
Chipapapa drink, a motivation from Tay Grin’s popular song under the same name was launched last week and is currently available in selected retail shops in Lilongwe. (and is expected to hit all corners of the country shortly.)
A cross-section of artists interviewed have all applauded the ‘King’ for setting the trend in walking the talk by investing in his musical talent.
Revered producing and recording artist, Zephy Mr Oldies, himself the brains behind Green Jamz Records, says it is high time local artists emulate Tay Grin’s exploits. According to him, Grin’s efforts have motivated him and fellow artists to start pondering on ways of exploiting from their talents.
“Grin’s feat is so commendable. He’s always been the front runner in ensuring that we, artists, generate something from our sweats. Now this drink is going to stimulate some of us to do more with our skills so we can reap the fruits from our talents,” he observed.
Concurring with Zephy, soft-spoken rapper, Toast, of the Midoli fame says Nyau King’s venture is a testimony that there is a rich breeding ground for Malawian entertainers (urban musicians in particular) to make fortunes minus their music side too.
“I really like the idea Tay Grin has come up with. It shows that most of us, artists can do a lot with our talents to earn something minus the music monies,” he said.
Hoarse-voiced AvoKado also joined the entourage by pouring his views hailing the King for setting the trend on the local entertainment podium. Just like Toast, and Zephy, AvoKado believes many youths now have a model through which they can shape their mentality.
“Youths will be motivated to venture into different investments. Tay has set the trend. ..It’s high time youths learnt that their tomorrow is today.
Now that Chipapapa non-alcoholic beverage is in town, is the Malawian youth ready for it?
“Yes!” says Zephy.
“It may not be now, but later on, the current generation, since it’s already familiar with the Chipapapa song, the drink is likely going to hit so long as the drink gets established! Mark my words!” challenges he.
Chipapapa fruit juice is being sold at K270 per bottle of 257ml while a case of 20 bottles is being sold at K5,400. It is in apple and mix-berry flavours.