11 January 2013

Zambia: I'm Still Musically Active - 2wice

SOME people are wondering if am still around or if I stopped singing because it's been a while since they last heard from me."

Those are the words of a man who rose to stardom and became a household name after the release of his controversial hit single Tomato balunda over a decade ago.

2wice's real name is Cullen Chisha.

Just like Maiko Zulu and his equally controversial President's daughter song, Tomato balunda was not well-received by the late Frederick Chiluba under the fallen MMD Government.

And to date, Tomato balunda is still undisputably his biggest song.

Indeed people have a reason to question 2wice's whereabouts because he has taken a low profile for a while now, especially after coming on the scene with a bang.

The Times Entertainment bumped into 2wice at Lusaka's Lumumba Bus Station on Wednesday evening shortly after he paid the rebased KR1 (K1, 000) to be carried on the back of a person to avoid the flood waters at the entrance of the station following a heavy downpour.

However, 2wice said in an interview that contrary to people's assertions that he was a one hit wonder and that he had gone into oblivion, he was still musically active.

The Tomato balunda star said he has released a new 15-track album titled Winang'ana, which is surprisingly his eighth album.

"Winang'ana is a post PF (Patriotic Front) election song. Winang'ana means don't be lazy. It can also be used to implore people to work hard," he said.

2wice said he was marketing the album in Botswana, the country he intends to migrate to during the course of this year.

Other albums by 2wice include Tomato balunda (2000), Zebige (2002), Mwine mushi (2003), Manifesto (2004), Tondolo musuma (2007), Nyama Soya (2009) and Good manager (2010).

2wice said most of the songs in Winang'ana album which was recorded at Action Studios he co-owns with Moses Chibwe in July last year are social commentaries.

The studio is also renowned for producing, among others, the hilarious Ama Blax.

He is in the process of recruiting an upcoming female artist,Twali, whom he says has potential to make it big in the world of music.

Asked why little is known about his other works, 2wice said, "In as much as I have tried to make the promo copies available to the radio stations I think the music culture has just changed. There's just too much new material on the market, too much competition and I think we need to work harder."

He added jokingly that he had become scarce because he believed, "The rarer I become the more special I become."

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