Tay Grin needs a Ghostwriter

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This suggestion will be strange. Even before the existence of the music in Malawi, when the Balaka sound was dominating, a person writing a song for someone was never a practice. Everything was done by the artist, in terms of composing or writing of the song, except on a few occasions when a song was adapted.

Tay Grin

Tay Grin must hire a ghostwriter

In fact, the suggestion is not only going to Tay Grin. It is for the whole Malawi urban music. Of course there is a debate, even in the USA rap, concerning ghostwriting. Some look at it as killing rap. Since rap is usually sang on the first persons’ view, they feel when a rapper is rapping it should be coming from him. Everything should be a reflection of the song’s writer.

The pro-ghostwriting people, like me, feel for a music industry to grow there should be a division of labor. There should be people who are specialized in writing the lyrics, others rapping, others producing and others managing, for example. This makes it possible for a project to come out mature and professional since it has been handled by people who are experts in their field.

Ghostwriting has never been a topic in Malawi because it is insignificant. But with urban music taking the seat of power and defining our music, it should be one of the topics. We have to get it tried and see how much it will benefit the industry. Malawi urban music has to grow. When one says this it evokes cynicism in some people. But if our music industry can be strategically positioned in terms of content and sound, it can make a breakthrough.

Why Tay Grin? Since his coming he has helped a lot in exporting Malawi urban music. He has performed in several countries, including South Africa and the United Kingdom. Besides that he has been nominated and won international awards, and more importantly, has done collaborations with other international artists. He continues doing this.

It is hard to notice the significance of all these, especially from Malawi. But some people in the places he is in contact with have come to know about the Malawi music industry through him. No matter how minimal it may look, it is important for our music. His exploits have not only benefitted him as a person. The industry as a whole owes him a great appreciation.

But his weakest area is lyrics. He has a great voice. Besides everything, Tay Grin has jealously guarded his image. He looks corporate than any other rapper in Malawi. But when it comes to the content of his songs, especially in the talked about international collaborations, he sounds ‘weak’. He is not a rapper one can quote. His lyrics come and go without making any impression on the song. Not that there are others who are better than him, but as the person who already has an international market, there is a need for him to look at that side and improve. He is our poster boy when our urban music wants to make a presence on the international stage hence the call for him to make an impression by embracing a ghostwriter.

*Wonderful Mkhutche is a speech writer, a political scientist and a manuscript editor and developer.

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  1. Wonderful nkhutche u surely needs a ghost wrighter 2,coz If i took it clearly u stated that he has won internation awards,my question is how come his getin nominated on international awrds and winning afew of them if his lyrics aren’t matured enough?vuto ndiloti amalawi timaziwa bwino za anzathu than themslves,simply meanin we can talk of a biography of barrack obama than wat himself can tell us.iweyo ukulemba column yi olo disc ya tay-grin yo ulibe.idot

  2. First hip hop is not sang it is rapped so osanenakuti singing hip hop it doesn’t work that way komaso what if he is told to freestyle or something or explain more about the track. Hip hop is different with rnb or pop music or any otger genre that needs the voice of the artist to be considered good, in hiphop the artist is judged by his lyrics his style and emotion or delivery of the rap. Now if a hiphop artist has a ghostwriter that means he is not the artist but the writer coz everyone after a few minutes of training can rap another person’s lyrics but that doesn’t make him or he a rapper. So ghostwriting is not a good idea in hiphop and for tygrin he will loose the little respect he’s gat., lets just find the apropriate artist to put on the seen.

  3. First hip hop is not sang it is rapped so osanenakuti singing hip hop it doesn’t work that way komaso what if he is told to freestyle or something or explain more about the track. Hip hop is different with rnb or pop music or any otger genre that needs the voice of the artist to be considered good, in hiphop the artist is judged by his lyrics his style and emotion or delivery of the rap. Now if a hiphop artist has a ghostwriter that means he is not the artist but the writer coz everyone after a few minutes of training can rap another person’s lyrics but that doesn’t make him or he a rapper. So ghostwriting is not a good idea in hiphop and for tygrin he will loose the little respect he’s gat., lets just find the apropriate artist to put on the seen.

  4. Ithnk this is aconstructivr critisism,im abig fan of Tay grin bt yes u r ryt he need to thnk deep when wrting his rylics but no for aghost writer he can do it alone only if he focus…back in the days he was spiting nyc rylics idnt knw [email protected] hapened since 2011

  5. guys dolo muno malawi ndi mandera mwaza coz nyimbo izikupasa mafumso kodi nyimboyi yathadi ikukoma like concept ya davide kalilani ndi lawi anatipasa nyimbo ya boo nkani amalawi timangosatila komwe kuli kochita bwino kunkhani ya chuma koma tizisatila nyimbo zomwe zingatipase chimwemwe ndkutipasa maganizo aumunthu, I thnk zamvekatu guys

  6. guys dolo muno malawi ndi mandera mwaza coz nyimbo izikupasa mafumso kodi nyimboyi yathadi ikukoma like concept ya davide kalilani ndi lawi anatipasa nyimbo ya boo nkani amalawi timangosatila komwe kuli kochita bwino kunkhani ya chuma koma tizisatila nyimbo zomwe zingatipase chimwemwe ndkutipasa maganizo aumunthu, I thnk zamvekatu guys

  7. Bola babawa pa size yawo amatha ku usa aku wajaja komaso funz ku usa ima vela nyimbo zawo sienanu sanje chifukwa choti nyimbo zani ndiku kamphata komwe siziveka kungo zolowela basi

  8. Bola babawa pa size yawo amatha ku usa aku wajaja komaso funz ku usa ima vela nyimbo zawo sienanu sanje chifukwa choti nyimbo zani ndiku kamphata komwe siziveka kungo zolowela basi

  9. i totally agree with u, the problem is our musicians cant accept this, kuopa kuluza ma weight, but this happens in other countries with other musician,for example Shayne Ward,he dnt write his own lyrics

  10. i totally agree with u, the problem is our musicians cant accept this, kuopa kuluza ma weight, but this happens in other countries with other musician,for example Shayne Ward,he dnt write his own lyrics

  11. That’s true ndimaona ngati ndine ndekha ndinaona vuto limeneli.Nditamvesera nyimbo zake zimene anapanga collaboration with his fellow friends chimene amaziwa iye ndi kuchemelera basi. ya! ya! ya! ya! 1!2!1!2!1!2! for example ija anayimba ndi brick and lace komaso wayimba posachedwapa

  12. Palibe, Sadzapezeka Emwe Adzakondedwe Ndi Aliyense Never! Amatha Mwana Wapa Dowa, Pangani Zanu Tione Ngat Mudzakondedwe Ndi Aliyese?

  13. Tay Grin walakwanso chani apa, even if he doesn’t know how to sing, what is your concern? Why don’t you close your ears when hos songs are played, why don’t you break his CDs or DVDs from your stock? Why do you still point fingers on his shortfalls instead of teaching him what is required of him to incorporate in his music.
    Listen, sometimes it is not good to press such stories on social medias because what you are doing is killing your own music industry, and deactivating musicians in this country, this is absurdly done for sure, aliyense mulungu anamupatsa zofooka zake including inuyo mulinazo zofooka, we all know Tay Grin sing not to get money from CDs or DVD sales bit to make himself entertained, so don’t judge him for what he is or how he does it, please people behave. Ndikuonatu apa chavuta mwina ndi nsanje since he is already smooth young artist pocket wise, koma tisamatero amalawi, muzinyoza achina Davido naonso satha kuyimba. Reserve Malawian artists their diginity.

    • Iye luso lake linathera pompo pamane amalekezapo ndiye inu mumafuna apange zoti sangakwanitse do you think ngati kuli kufuna kufika peni peni sayesela mkomwe.We Malawians tidzakhala chonchi mpaka kale kale coz we always to be like awo without you using the capabilities we have.Look Botswana makhiri khiri aja ndi zithu zoti kunakakhala ndizakuno mmmm no support at all,even SA they musicians who just do their antics using only instruments without altering words koma muli uyo satha uku mzanu akupita inu mudakali pompo..Pangani ozitsatanu timve as I say those who seek equity do equity.

    • #moses_munthali bro i think u should go back and start listening to muzk and later own understand it coz u just one of dem pple u just listen and not understand….muzk is art u dont just work up from sleep and think u and artist and next day ur launchin an albm….mwayamba lit kumvela nyimbo ankolo??on international level de muzk got to be mature its not just become he got money and able to xpoz his muzk….errr nde bola gwaladi coz his muzk is mature pa level yake kkkkkkk sorry man zamacheza izi

  14. Wonderful Mkutche Smtymz I respect u as a very good writer but ua writings here brings suspicious to a reader n
    ua referring to Uaself as a ghostwriter
    nyimbo yake iti yomwe unalemba
    f**k..

  15. Wonderful Mkutche Smtymz I respect u as a very good writer but you writing ua own interest brings suspicious to a reader n
    ua referring to Uaself as a ghostwriter
    nyimbo yake iti yomwe unalemba
    f**k..

  16. 1 for sorryyy
    2 for gladyyy
    3 for nyauuu nyanyauu””
    kaye ana mene amaikonderamo?? kkk amalawi nsanje..inu mumafuna azilemba nyimbo ngati nthano ya….muisova

  17. He is something else, Mfana amatha uyu jerousy down adha awawa amatha kuimba and amatichotsa manyazi kwathu kuno,, big up young man ur indeed agud example

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