Urban music artist Armstrong on Monday decorated the kick-off of the 2013 Africa Netball Championship at the college of Medicine with a performance of his promo hit for the competition, Rise and Play.
Speaking in an interview, Armstrong said he was approached by Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) to compose a promo song in line with the tournament.
“I am very excited to be invited to grace the event. There are many good artists in Malawi, but they went for my name. I have shown my appreciation by doing the best of my capability in composing not only a relevant song but also an entertaining and educative one,” said Armstrong.
The single runs for three minutes and carries messages centering on promoting the girl child through netball and was composed within the lines of rhythm and heart beat of the girl child according to the artist.
“Rise, rise, rise and play. Wake up my girl child, this is your day. Rise, rise, rise and play. The sun is shining all over Africa,” goes part of the chorus.
The song communicates strong messages in the second verse where the artist tips the girl child that she has the potential to make it.
“Let’s play netball tipange tsogolo. Let’s go my sister tipange maphunziro. Don’t lose your focus, zibwana toto. Africa is waiting for you. Work hard girl child, fight for your future. Work hard, girl child—we believe in you,” goes the verse.
This is Armstrong’s second promo hit since joining the music industry afterYochucha promo hit for Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL) produced early this year.
The song has been recorded and put on CD by Low Budget Records and will be playing at the venue of the tournament throughout the competition.