By Richard Chirombo:
It may take long for the fire of grime to produce the smoke-of-appreciation in Malawi, but this has not stopped Bouncy from releasing ‘Dada’, his latest single.
The development comes nine months after the artist released ‘Talk to Me’ in July last year.
Bouncy, real name Alfred Kaambankadzanja, is also an actor who has strutted his stuff in films such as Mlenje, The Game Plan, and the adapted play The Marriage Proposal— which was written by Russian Anton Chekhov.
‘Talk To Me’ was released from the studios of ‘Undiberekere Mwana’ hitmaker Postnegativ and iPray. It is a dance-hall single that promotes the culture of opening up and speaking out.
Bouncy, who has been working on the album Vitamin—which is replete with 15 tracks—said yesterday he had concocted ‘Dada’ because he wanted to continue his mission of elevating grime and other genres.
Grime is a genre of popular music influenced by UK garage, typically characterised by a minimal, prominent rhythm, a very low-pitched bassline and vocals by a master of ceremonies.
“I did the song. I feature a dance-hall artist from Domasi called Dada Morer. The instrumental was crafted by Dkez Walker of Street Vibes Records and the audio was recorded by Postnegativ of Terminal Lab Records.
“We chose the title ‘Dada’ because it is something both me and Dada Morer related to. We both get a great amount of respect musically, which makes us feel like ma dada [papas],” he said of the song, a hybrid of grime, rap and dance-hall.
His is a story of contradictions. He has been labouring, dilly-dallying even, to release Vitamin after over eight months of working on it. But, then, he releases ‘Dada’ full of the high hopes that it will placate those who have been waiting, and waiting almost forever for something called album.