Zambia: Twali Sings Mwiponta Mukabwela

"I AM protecting married women and single ladies in my songs. I do not want them to be brain washed by men."

These are the words of Yvonne Kaoma popularly known as Twali, a young and upcoming artiste who has warned other musicians that she is here to give them a run for their money with her long awaited debut album.

Twali told the Times Entertainment that she is releasing her first album titled, Mwiponta mukabwela, which she had been working on since 2006 when she came on the scene.

"My album will be on the market by August this year. I also want to start working on my new project soon," she said.

The 24-year-old single mother of a seven-year-old daughter said she had recorded more than 10 tracks so far, from which she would select seven to be contained in the album, adding that she had taken long to release the album because of financial constraints.

"I want the people to first know my music before I officially release the album," she said.

Twali is now engaged in a "mobile" business of selling clothes on credit which she imports from South Africa and that she uses some of the proceeds from her business to finance her music career, as she continues looking for a sponsor.

Inspired by the late Lilly Tembo (Lilly T), Twali, the ninth born in a family of 12 said Mwiponta mukabwela talks about real life issues, most of which she, her family and friends have experienced.

Judging by the titles of the songs, one is able to predict that the songs have stories to tell. The album includes Ndalama, Hit and run, Nakana, Bandi and Tichenjele.

The tracks were recorded from different studios coupled with featuring both known and unknown artistes.

She recorded the tracks at studios where some renowned artistes did theirs because of the prominence of the producers of the likes of Jerry Fingerz and Ba Yoka.

Among the record labels are Golden Records, Danger Zone, Flatline and Bravo Records.

Mwiponta mukabwela which features Shimpanzi, she said, cautions men who do not appreciate women despite them doing so much for them that they (men) should desist from that as they will one day go back to the same woman they were initially talking ill against.

Hit and run is about a lady complaining after being dumped by her partner, leaving her with the responsibility to fend for herself and the child or children that she did not know that the man she thought she had loved just wanted to use her and leave her.

Asked if the song was based on her experience, Twali said, "Somehow,someway."

"Tichenjele talks about HIV and AIDS. It's simply a warning that AIDS is real and we either have to abstain or use protection if we do not want to contract HIV," she said.

Ndalama is an outcry on what the love for money has led to, saying "nothing is for free" nowadays as doing almost everything, including giving a handshake or getting a job, requires money.

The song also warns about the repercussions of loving money so much.

It would not be surprising if Twali increased the number of songs in her album as she has singles like Mutima which features Yellowman, Bandi, SMS, Ubukote and Nalema, which all have a story to tell.

"My fans should expect the best from me," Twali said.

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