Musicians Lawi and PJ Powers have promised a unique experience of both old and new songs during Lawi’s Thirties album launch this Saturday at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.
In an interview, Lawi said the event will be a rare opportunity for the old generation to enjoy music of their time while appreciating modern sounds. He said the same will be for the new generation, which will be accorded an opportunity to appreciate music that used to entertain their parents.
“There is wisdom, experience and growth being shared and this goes both ways.This album launch will be an opportunity for art exchange and great music,” said Lawi.
The Amaona Kuchedwa hit maker said he settled for South Africa’s PJ Powers because of her versatility and ability to appeal to music fans of all generations.
“I did not invite her just because I can afford her. I invited her because she is a great artist just like me,” he said.
Lawi said he and PJ Powers are friends after meeting in South Africa a few years ago.
“I first heard PJ Powers’ music on radio in Malawi while young. I never thought one day I would be a musician and become friends with such an iconic voice in Africa,” he said.
In a video message, PJ Powers, who described Lawi as her ‘friend’, said Malawi should look forward to a great concert.
“I am really, really excited to perform at BICC. After all these years I am coming back,” she said before freestyling her 1986 hit song There is an Answer.
“And remember, there is an answer, we will find a way, help us to put the past behind us….,”she sang.
PJ Powers first performed in Malawi in the early 90s at the height of her career.
Her other songs include Jabulani, You are so good to me, Home to Africa and I feel strong.
Jabulani earned her the Zulu nickname ‘Thandeka,’ the loved one, in 1993 after she performed the song at a theatre stage in South Africa and then drank beer from a calabash.
Jabulani went on to be number 47 on UK Singles chart that year.
Born Penelope Jane Dunlop, PJ Powers is also a renowned philanthropist and human rights activist famed for her apartheid opposition in South Africa.
The 62-year old is currently on tour in the United Kingdom which she will cut short to support Lawi.
Thirties is Lawi’s third album, following his two previous albums Lawi and Sunset In The Sky.