Local hip hop on track-Barry One

Despite this being deemed a genre for the urban youths and the fact that it is yet to gain popular acceptance, urban music ace Barry One says Malawi’s hip hop is on the right track.

He said this on Thursday during an interview with Nation on Sunday.

“People’s perception of the art is now changing. The production is improving. Composition of the lyrics is interesting; you can note originality, drama and controversy,” he said.

Barry One points out that there are still challenges that need to be tackled if hip hop is to make it big in the country.

“We need to make our music more appealing and outstanding so we can get more awards and recognition. Malawi has great skill; we just need to display it properly so it gets appreciated even beyond borders,” he said.

The artist, respected for his clever word play and careful fusion of Chichewa and English lyrics in his compositions, also called on his fellow artists to make positive music.

“My music is positive; I talk of things that happen and also, things that can bring social, spiritual, lyrical and physical change to humanity.”

Barry One was introduced to music by his cousin, Solomon, in 1996. He released his first album, Tionana in 2009 before cutting his second, Legendary, last year which shot him to prominence.

He is now in the studio working on the third album, Footprints, which, according to him, is dropping soon and again, is basically focusing on diversifying the sound itself.

Some of the singles from the album have already started enjoying airplay.

The album is being produced by God’s Fav, Percy Manyozo’s Pro Pee Studios, 2G, Sannie Beatz, Sean B, Tanaposi, Tex and being mastered by Pempho Kafoteka.

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