Comedian Tannah Mr Broken English has joined the fight against gender-based violence (GBV) by using his art to create awareness on the vice.
The actor has done a cover of musician Onesimus’ hit song Solomoni which has taken the local scene by storm with a message against GBV. Tannah has joined forces with the song’s originator Onesimus who provided the beat for the cover project.
Tannah, born Sydney Harawa, has added a comical aspect to his adaption mainly using his broken English trademark. The song will be released tomorrow.
The actor said his attempt is to add a new dimension to the song to allow it attract a new audience. He said he thought of using humour while advocating against GBV.
“There is no denying that the song is big at the moment and the relevance of its concept cannot be downplayed. I am basically trying to attract people who enjoy what I do.
“We have people who hardly pay attention when a message is delivered in a formal way. They only pay attention when humour has been added to it. The plan is to amplify the message that is carried in the song,” he said in an interview.
The Lilongwe-based actor said GBV is reaching alarming levels in the country; hence, his decision to use his art to create awareness on the vice.
Tannah has roped in actors Joshua Chimbalu and Uthandiwe Chidambo in the production of the video.
The video has been recorded by Mig and Xavier of Original Films Africa while the audio was recorded by C Kay. The original beat was produced by South Africa-based Malawian producer DJ Meg.
On his part, Onesimus said it is encouraging to see that Malawian artists are beginning to exploit other art avenues on creations that have been done by their fellow artists as is the case in other developed countries.
“Tannah is one of the greatest comedians we have and he loves doing what he does. When he approached me with the idea and saw the initial clip, I was caught up in the funny aspect of it,” he said.
The South Africa-based artist said he has been encouraged by the response the song has received and he hopes that it will serve its intended purpose of trying to curb GBV in the country.