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“I want to spread the music”-Nathan
By Chifundo Zingunde.
Malawi’s award winning Dj, Nathan Tunes is set to release three mix tapes that will see the main cities of Lilongwe, Blantyre, and Mzuzu each having its own mixtapes separately later this year, EM can reveal.
The nonprofit Mix tapes is part of giving a platform that would promote up and coming artists in the country.
Nathan announced the development at an all Tay Grin’s music workshop that was part of Nyau King’s token of appreciation in celebrating his 3 Awards scooped earlier this year.
In an interview with EM, Nathan Tunes said the gesture will make up and coming artists known to radio Djs in the country and outside the boarders; a thing that he says lacks in Malawi music due to poor connection that the new artists have.
“I want to promote music, spread it in Malawi and outside the country too. Not a lot of Radio Djs have their (raw talents’) music. Although it (the mixtape initiative) will not make money, but it will give them the connection and the platform hence spreading their music,” said he.
Nathan further expressed satisfaction over the country’s “Good Music” that the up and coming artist are making.
“We’ve talent and I’m happy and satisfied with the type of songs that the new artists are putting up. It’s just showing that we have talent that if nurtured and promoted, we can rebrand our music now and for the future generation,” cherished Nathan.
Welcoming the news, one of the stakeholders, an artist in the city himself, Wakisa James expressed gratitude towards the offer saying it is a major milestone in the country’s urban music history.
“This is what we want. We want to feel love from our fellow artists; and promoting each other in the way that Nathan is bending it is marvelous and a golden opportunity for raw talents in the country,” praised he.
Meanwhile Nathan has already completed the make of Blantyre and Lilongwe mix tapes as the nation awaits Mzuzu’s Compilation that will see him officially announcing the release date of the highly anticipated mix tapes.
On a rather sad note, the iconic DJ expressed dismay over a weaker support to the urban music from the country’s corporate world.
“The cooperate world is stiff; but we are slowly moving there we have seen Tay Grin coaxing them in. It’s happening! It’s just a matter of artists to create a brand and we will get there,” he challenged.
At the moment, Nathan is yet to communicate on how many songs the mix tapes have in total.