Blantyre, December 11, 2017: Malawi’s dancehall and local artist, Elias Missi popularly known as Atoht manje of the ‘che patuma’ hit is set to launch his band on the 23rd December, 2017 at the Village Mandevu Farm in Liwonde.
The dancehall singer said the band which is called Bazooka vybz band, will be launched on the Christmas warm-up show organized by Mandevu Farm.
“We wanted to launch the band in Lilongwe but almost every entertainment centre is already booked. The Mandevu Christmas warm-up show came as an opportunity for us to launch it there,” he said.
Missi also said he had decided to have his own band because he believes that live music is the best and it shows that one is matured in it.
“We the youth are the leaders of tomorrow and we have to start building the future of music in Malawi. We have legends that perform live such as Sir Paul Banda and the black missionaries, but these people will stop doing music at one point and we the youth will take over,’’ he added.
He further said that people especially those that have little knowledge on Yao language get confused with the ‘che patuma’ song. He said people confuse ‘che’ to stand for male person and ‘abiti’ for the female person in the Yao tribe.
“Che does not necessarily mean a male person. Am a Yao myself and I know better. Che is more of respecting or honoring someone. Abiti is borrowed from Arabic word binti which means the ‘daughter of’. For example if patuma is the daughter of Mr. Mussa, therefore, she will be called patuma abiti Mussa,” explained Atoht.
The artist has so far managed to release three albums since 2010.
Written by Caroline Chitenje for Mana