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Thursday, February 19, 2009
For the last 2 weeks, The Editors of Mmalawi Blog were working on a new website that will be soon available to our readers.
Here is an interview with the Malawian Hip Hop duo Biriwiri; Malawi's music geniuses.
Following is the first Part of the Interview:
Mmalawi Blog: Could you tell us when you got into the music scene and why?
Kabuzi: We had been rapping since we were young. But we formed Biriwiri in 2003 whilst we were in college. After making observations and self-analysis we believed we had the potential to contribute immensely to Malawian hip hop. We felt this was a calling we couldn’t refuse. We saw that our passion for rap could match the challenge ahead of us. From that moment we have never looked back.
Mmalawi Blog: Why the name BIRIWIRI? Any hidden meaning?
Zizwa: When we decided to form the group we stayed for some weeks before coming out to the public during which time, among other things, we were deciding on the name. We wanted something melodic to show our attention to lyrical finesse but also which reflects the values behind our music. So that’s how we got to call ourselves Biriwiri. Biriwiri means ‘greenness’ and it reflects the positivity that our music intends to inspire. As you know the color green brings many positive thoughts. We can cite so many examples. It is deliberately vernacular to show pride in our local language.
Mmalawi Blog: For each one of you what is the greatest love of your lives?
Kabuzi& Zizwa: For both of us our greatest love is music.
Mmalawi Blog:Whose footsteps do you follow?
Zizwa: We cant mention a specific individual, but we follow men and women who set out their goals and pursue them relentlessly. We follow that principle.
Mmalawi Blog: Any Malawian artist(s) you respect?
Kabuzi: Malawi has had many talented artists but our special respects go out to Wambali and Lucius Banda for their many achievements and wide adoration they have received. We also respect Allan Namoko, Michael Yekha and Stonard Lungu for their legendary traditional music they left. We feel blessed to have worked with Stonard before he passed on. May his soul rest in peace.
Mmalawi Blog: Tell us about your biggest inspiration, and (or) Malawian hero?
Zizwa: Our biggest inspiration is Jesus Christ.
Kabuzi:For both of us, John Chilembwe is Our Malawian hero
END OF PART 1
Watch the Malawi made music video by Biriwiri