Lucius Banda loses creativity: Steals Takana Mathanyula’s mojo

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You would think that on who is greater, and consequently should emulate from the other, between Robert Chiwamba and Lucius Banda is a settled question. It doesn’t look like it, however.

One of the icons of Malawi music, Lucius Banda, has run out of steam as is evident in his latest single, Takana Abortion, such that to maintain his waning relevance in the discourse of contemporary art he has decided to borrow heavily on the title – and even content – from Takana Mathanyula, a poem performed by Robert Chiwamba.

Lucius Banda Malawi Homosexuality Abortion

Lucius Banda

It is ironic that Soldier Lucius Banda preaches love while urging Malawians to oppose those who love each other:

Ndi mtima wachikondi, tigwirane manja kukanitsisa malamulowa (With a show of love, let us unite to oppose these laws [that aim to decriminalise abortion and homosexuality])…

Lucius makes two speculations that pretend to be facts. Firstly, it is Lucius’ misuse of Genesis 19.

M’ngelo wamphongo  anakana kukwatirana ndi mwamuna (the male angels refused to marry a fellow man)

What my good ol’ Soldier ignores in this line is that the angels had not consented to sex with the men of Sodom who had demanded for them. Lucius’ imagination presupposes against the common view that Angels do not marry. Rather, he makes us believe that these angels only refused because those who wanted to sleep or marry them were men; as if they would have agreed were the pursuers female.

It is obvious that, like all those railing against homosexuality using the Bible, Lucius twisted the Bible to suit his own position on homosexuality. Unlike what we see in this Chapter of Genesis, homosexuality involves adults who consent to engage in sexual acts with one another.

The mob in Sodom who demanded for the angels wanted to rape these heavenly visitors. Calls for homosexuality must therefore not be equated with rape; as doing so further undermines the grave nature of rape and what its survivors go through.

Secondly, Lucius makes a common error of argument by masquerading Christian or biblical notions as irrefutable facts.

Tisamatengere zinthuzi, tizipenya komwe tachoka, ndikutali tachoka ndi mulengi wathu (Let us not adopt abortion/homosexuality because we are believers of God).

Robert Chiwamba Homosexuality

Robert Chiwamba

He urges Malawians to stand firm in Biblical teaching to oppose homosexuality, saying homosexuality is foreign. Ironically, Christians and a majority of religious beliefs in Malawi are foreign: introduced by either Westerners who made way for colonialism and thangata or by Arab traders who were also at the centre of slave trade.

It is for this that should I ever have the chance to meet Soldier, I will ask him as to what position should those who don’t believe in these religious teachings take on homosexuality and abortion.

The song also shows that Mr. Banda has left out his old mojo of standing up for human rights and social justice by adopting a strong conservative, selective position against abortion in a similar manner preached by Robert Chiwamba in Takana Mathanyula.

Atalenga Adam, sanampatse James (When God created Adam, he did not give him James to be his wife) sings Soldier who, at the speed of light, moves from his primary theme of standing against abortion to homosexuality.

No one should therefore be taken to task for renaming the song Takana Mathanyula as abortion only dominates the first verse. The whole song dwells on homosexuality. More like a rendition of Robert Chiwamba’s poem by the same title.

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52 Comments

  1. Malungo ndioopsya. Wina akayimba za kuwopsya kwa malungo ndi kupewa kwake, inenso nkuyimba zomwezo mu njira Tina ndakopela? Those are issues at hand. Mathanyula ndi abortion . I thought munena kuti watenga poem ngati rylc ya nyimbo yake. Go and make a good comparison again

  2. The author must be gay. He cannot differentiate substance in the song from relics. He is emotionally taken up. Did Kawamba complain? Are you Kawamba?

  3. Am Shocked! Here’s Someone Masquarading As Malawi24, Who Measerably Fails To Discredit Lucius Banda And Thinks That Unleashing A Weapon Into The Human Exhaust Pipe Where Decayed Vegetables Seek Refuge Is ‘ COOL’!!!

  4. Amalawi umbuli suzatithera antaa,olo mukane kt mathanyula/ arbotion wat wat,we can’t win,coz peterment wasainna kale, he just want to brain us, mukambirana mutopa tsiku lina muzangomva kuti peter akukwatilana ndi chakwera then u will know kt malawi for sale

  5. kodi amalawi tinakhala bwanji? instead of focusing problems dat we malawians we are facing and how can solve them bt ur busy writing stories thats cannt even fill astreet hungry child dat cannt even stop maternol death and even dat cannt transform economy and so much problems

  6. No one has a monopoly of ideas inspiration can come from any one and in life no man is greater than the other.Greatness of human beings is a creation of the mind,Only God is great and does not need inspiration or help from man’s ideas and thoughts.As long as one is still here,alive and on earth, one will learn something from another person who is educated or not.Watching children play and talk will always bring up something new in our minds but they just children,sometimes not even yet in school.Inventors will look at someone and see their need and get an idea.

  7. The brain wash… then you believe you are creative enough in your analysis? Remember culture is so strong than you think, it brings people together ndiye there is no argument in your reasoning and lacks basis.. ukufuna to tell us chanzeru ndi mathanyula akowo? think outside your tin and be free to think in an open environment dont be corrupted with that corrupted journalism school of thought.lucious was there he knows how best to reach his audience and that has nothing to do with you. Be ethical and eat ethical money not from this myopic kind of thinking and writing.

  8. This is arguably the most beautiful story I have received on whatsapp! READ (we need each other no matter how poor or foolish am am talking to you Politician coz you have done nothing since independence! Enough is enough) don’t cry for me after 5 years, this time around I will welcome you and your gift when you visit me during campaign but you never see me do ✔ for you on 2019 or after 5 years…
    By one of the youngest politician in the history of Nyasaland…

    In this story
    -A lady = politician in Malawi.
    A guard = voters in Malawi.

    A lady worked at a meat distribution factory. One day, when she finished with her work schedule, she went into the meat cold room (Freezer) to inspect something, but in a moment of misfortune, the door closed and she was locked inside with no help in sight. Although she screamed and knocked with all her might, her cries went unheard as no one could hear her. Most of the workers had already gone, and outside the cold room it’s impossible to hear what was going on inside. Five hours later, whilst she was at the verge of death, the security guard of the factory eventually opened the door. She was miraculously saved from dying that day (on election day). When she later asked the security guard how he had come to open the door, which wasn’t his usual work routine, this was his explanation:
    “I’ve been working in this factory for 35 years. Hundreds of workers come in and out every day.. (hundreds of politician come in and out every 5years but me I will remain a voter like a Guard from cold storage) , but you’re one of the few who greet me in the morning and say goodbye to me every evening when leaving after work. Many treat me as if I’m invisible. Today, as you reported for work, like all other days, you greeted me in your simple manner ‘Hello’. But this evening after working hours, I curiously observed that I had not heard your “Bye, see you tomorrow”. Hence, I decided to check around the factory. I look forward to your ‘hi’ and ‘bye’ every day because they remind me that I am someone. By not hearing your farewell today, I knew something had happened. That’s why I was searching every where for you.” (Voters will search for you in 2019 only if you do good to them from time to time by make sure that they are leaving in affordable life… No one is happy with 2016 as just an example; “do you think Malawian still have hope for Politician?” I don’t know). Look what happen with ADMAC.

    You politician moral Lesson to reflect upon: Be humble, love and respect those who put you in power. Try to have an impact on voters who cross your path every 5year, you never know what 2019 will bring. Let this story be an inspiration to my fellow politician. Let’s share to inspire other politician.

    New blood in politics… (Mbava zomanga ma tayi ❗❗❗) in 2019.

    Here in malawi the jounerist became ACB, thanks all jounerist mostly those from private media for the job your the pillar of transparency, well done for the job guys, ……(pitilizani kutipezera mbava za masutizi kuti zindithangatire kukavota mwamzeru my 2019).

    Malawi..
    …..Do you know anyone mostly politician in Malawi, send to them this msg now .

    By Alfred H Banda, Young politician from Malawi Posted as copied.

  9. Ife zaumve ai!!bwanj smukukwatilana nokhanokha kumipandoko,dalisan banja la Chaponda ndi Namkhumwa wk endy,kusiyla kulmbkla ntchto bcoz chazopusaz?wat z money?

  10. #malawi24 loses its creativity:acknowledges that Banda is amusician while Robert apoetry then we cant say banda emulates

  11. why r u flooding ur nosense on th fb? kp them in ur plastc bag! wat is a so called malawi 24? wat do u kno about music? ask prof. chiwamba abot ‘ndinkat uzavala khamisolo’ shud we say he has lost creativity? wen jesus oz on earth he oz using parables 2elaborat hs teachings, so whats wrong wth soldier? moreover hs parable is a 2ru story, when angels came in2 th world thy maried women not men and thy gave birth 2giants so, whats fake? zachamba bax! mukanakhala madolo acreativty mukanalemba nkhan zosangalatsa osat manyakawa. mbuz za atolankhan!

  12. When u are posting ur shit please don’t compare people just ur post what u want ppo people we are tired of these

  13. zausilu basi kod inu mumazitenga ngsti athu inuyo craetivity yanu ilipati pamenepa kupanga ka page pa fb kumapanga post zopusazi nde crativity

  14. kkkkkkk zinazi kumamyang’ana inu ngati mwasowowa chochita kulekana mkulemba mbwerera zanuzo ,mukufuna tiphe chikhalidwe chathu kamba kama donnor aid ndazungu

  15. He loses his creativity, how? He is not only enterntening people, but he is also reminding them that we have our culture which we follow, and our country is also a God fearing national, so whatever other people (whites) are asking us to legalise it, its out of our culture infact its an abomination in our culture, and its a demonic practice to the God fearing national like Malawi, so we are all saying NO to such evil practice of homesexuality, Malawi is Malawi, it can’t be like U.S.A, BRITAIN, R.S.A etc, we are malawians and we respect humanity, and culture. Big up to you Lucious!

    • @stevie Kaliati, ineso ndikuti sanabe coz uthenga ndi umodzi, and the aim of that song its not only entertening u and me rather it is reminding us that we are malawians and we have our culture, and uthenga umeneu wafika munyimbo, pamene winauja unafika mukulakatula. Ina ndi nyimbo ina ndi ndakatulo, zinthu ziwiri zosiyana pamenepo!

    • stevie, ngat iwenso uli wa malawi24 kapena mtolankhaniyu nd m’bale wako nonse mukagwere. ukat kuba ukutanthauza chan? kod woimba akawerenga vesi mbaibulo nkulisandusa nyimbo nde kut waba? woimba akamvera zammaboma nkuzisandusa nyimbo waba? nanga woimba wanva ndakatulo nkuisandusa nyimbo waba? nanga ataona nkazi wokongola nkuimba ya iyeyo waba? chiwamba walakatula zokhuza khalidwe lonyansa la mathanyula ncholinga chot amalawi aziwe zoona. pot ena sakonda ndakatulo koma nyimbo, mpake soldier waimbanso zotsindika za kuipa kwa khalidwe lonyansa lamathanyula kut litheretu kuno kumalawi. ndikanakonda akanapezekanso waluso wina afalitse uthengau mnjira ina kaya m’magazine, maposter…. bola uthengawu ufikire mmalawi aliyense, mwamva?

  16. mmmm nanuso nkhani zinazi? they are all in enternment cycle,more over the concept is national concern ..hahhaha olemba nkhanisotu penapake

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