By Sylvester Munanjala in Lusaka, Zambia.
Full time student, model and singer Mukula Kapata aka Muxy has released her first album, a self titled CD of 12 tracks and hopes this will bring the musical recognizing she has battled to achieve for the last four years. A video for one of the pop and rock songs on the album “Muchikondi” (ft Ragga dancehall musician B’Flow) will be released next month. In the song, happily single Muxy 23, sings about marital problems among couples and how to avoid some of the pitfalls associated with marriage. The video is expected to air on local TV by the end of June.
Like most Zambian musicians, Muxy sings in English and her local Bemba and Nyanja vernacular.
Other hit songs in the album include “Invincible”, “Kuti Mwanitemwa” (feat P-Jay) and “Mr Lover Lover” (feat Macky 2).
“This album and video about to be released marks a very important milestone in my music career and I hope to do even better next time”, the smiling Muxy told Iroko Magazine during an interview in the Zambian capital Lusaka recently.
Though relatively new on the Zambian music scene, Muxy thinks Zambian musicians have not been doing enough to sell the image and music of the country abroad which is one of the reasons no Zambian musician picked up a gong at the recent MTV music awards in Johannesburg South Africa. She said to make an international impact, Zambian musicians needed to be influenced locally but they should target the international market. She also believes singers must always remember the millions of Zambians who live abroad and still like to listen to home grown music.
“Let’s provide quality music for fellow citizens out there. Zambians abroad want good music from home than a lot of people imagine. They feel more at home with a Zambian musician on stage in their resident countries.” She Said.
Miss Muxy also said that there’s need for musicians to source international recognition in countries where fellow citizens are residing. She observed that a lot of Zambians abroad are craving to see their local musicians on stage and encouraged Zambian musicians to work hard towards achieving that goal.
Muxy also maintained to get the international recognition they badly need, Zambian singers needed to avoid some bad habits in the profession including singing original music and not auto-tunes! She also wants musicians to have a more varied baseline and music styles than obtains in the country today.
Adrian Chipindi, acting director of the National Arts Council, a Government organisation that supports local musicians confirmed Muxy’s misgivings that Zambian musicians were not doing enough to promote their own music internationally.
“…a lot of exposure is needed and musicians should try by all means to understand the international market. They shouldn’t abandon but promote the original Zambian music abroad,” Chipindi said.
He described Muxy as the face of young musicians in Zambia
Joel Chalongwa, a Zambian student studying in Algeria said he will do anything to attend the concert of a Zambian musician in Algeria. Salva Kosole 27, a Zambian based in Australia had a similar longing.
Apart from music, Miss Muxy is a model and full-time university student studying two (2) courses (Law and CIMA) at the same time. Asked on how she manages her time, Miss Muxy said she dedicates her entire weekdays to school and only works on her music and modelling during her free time particularly weekends.
Mr Bell Katapa, one of Muxy’s uncles says in this day and age, parents have very little control over the career choices of their children and could only give them their blessings and support which is what the family was giving to Muxy.
Muxy struggled for four long years and only recently had a manager.
Cecelia Faith Bakoko Bakoru 31, a fitness trainer and Muxy’s new manager said she was impressed when she first heard her sing.
“When I first listened to her singing, I thought of her rapping. I intend to explore that side of her. I believe with the right guidance and hard work, Muxy has high potential to be recognised world wide to drive Zambian music to another level.” She Said
Muxy started singing when a close friend encouraged her to record “stress”, a song about the difficulties she encountered as a first year university student. She had to struggle for fur long years without any support before she had a manager and that helped her work on her first and only album she has just released and the music video which will be aired soon.
Check her songs on her Reverbnation page. www.reverbnation.com/missmuxy