Witchcraft killed the hope of Malawi music

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Witchcraft and superstition are core parts of most Malawians. However, it impacts on people in different degrees. Some are struggling to have them out of them, some entirely dismiss them, and for some, they control their life. They are a matter of life and death to them. They get threatened by a man they think is a wizard, for example, they will get depressed and expect some magic powers to reach to them and inflict pain on them.

Malawi Fikisa Akamwire

Fikisa disbanded

Well, you cannot entirely avoid this. It will take centuries before an entire Malawian population starts seeing the vanity in the belief that there are such magical or dark powers. They are not possessed by some people and can be acted on others. But when that day comes, it will be too late in some way. We will be looking back and regret why we allowed this belief to kill the hope of our music.

Fikisa, a Mangochi based group, will be our point of reflection then. The group, which sensationally took Malawi by mixing the traditional Yao beats with the modern mainstream instruments, disbanded two years ago after members accused each other of being wizards. Actually, they had a song titled ‘Kaduka’ (Jealousy), which talked of people killing each other using black magic because of jealousy. The song says being jealousy of someone is dangerous. This type of message was not special of them. There are thousands of songs in Malawi having that similar kind of message. But the thing with art is that the artist sometimes only portrays what he or she sees in the society even though they may not be firm believers in it. But with the group, Fikisa, it actually came from what the members were experiencing inside it.

It came with their own brand of music. The traditional Yao touch had been sung among the Yaos themselves for over a century and a half, but it was not represented in the mainstream music industry compared to the Sena, Chewa or Ngoni traditional beats. Fikisa filled that gap with their music and instantly went from being unknown to the top. Their first song, ‘Akamwire’ did the magic of preparing their words to the hearts of people. It was followed by other game changing songs like ‘Wazililira Wekha’ and ‘Kuwecheta’. The heavy and fast beat of the songs made them be loved in the clubs and other public gatherings.

For music lovers, after years of failing to have a unique music from Malawi to export beyond our borders, Fikisa gave an answer to that. It gave people some pride that Malawi can also come up with its own music apart from copying from South Africa and Nigeria. But just as they quickly came to the top, they went down the same way. In an instant, the group vanished after breaking up. Maybe the members took their music and achievements for nothing. Someone should have told them that it was ground breaking and Malawians were ready to rally behind them to sell their beat abroad. But witchcraft killed all that hope and took us back to the jungle, to search the Malawian beat we are missing in the puzzle. Had the three Fikisa members taken it serious, and united as group, still performing as good as they were, the two years they have been out of the scene could have proved vital for them and our music. They could have been somewhere higher than they could have imagined.

But oh, witchcraft!

*Wonderful Mkhutche is an author, a political scientist and a manuscript editor and developer.

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  1. The story written by Malawi 24 about Juju being the reason for the disbandment of Fikisa is very true. It was all over in the media back then, and i find it surprising that you readers are accusing Malawi 24 of spreading a false story. In fact, the story was all over in the media. Even the members themselves after being interviewed, publicly accused each other of witchcraft.

    http://mwnation.com/fikisa-disband-over-witchcraft-claims/

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  4. This is one of the reasons I hate the so called Malawi24. Their news tend to lack a tangible source & sense of maturity. No wonder they progress slowly. I believe this could have been the best online news by now but mmm. always posting trash.

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  6. There is nothing l can understand in this story; How can a musians disband coz of juju? Music is about talent not what you are saying; The Akamwile band may have disbanded becoz of how they shared their whiff of money not Juju; Amalawi chilichose makhwala ndikuyimba komwe- lli ndi bodza: Banja limatha, galimoto imatha, chovala chlmatha, Mvula imatha, Chimanga chimatha ndi zonsezi zimatha chifukwa chamakhwala? To me this story does not make any sense its just a story for kids; Is Lucius Banda, ma Blacks. Skeffa Chimoto using juju? These are kinder-garten stories;

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    • koma anthu enanu omvesa chisoni kwambiri….kodi mukuonangati ndi kutamba komwe kungakupezeseni ndalama zambiri? muku chedwa tawafunseni awowo or ine kuti ndalama anazipeza bwanji? vuti si iwe koma mtimawooo ukonze mtima wako nthawi yatha

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  20. Please what has witchcraft has to do with this article. The author has not elaborated how witchcraft killed the hope of Malawi music.There is something missing in this story to make it complete.May be the author knows something about the disbandment of this group but has not tackled.