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Malawian drill? Analysis by Uncle Lobo

UK drill is a hip-hop subgenre that is taking the world by storm especially after the demise of New York born, dior hitmaker Popsmoke.

The subgenre originated from the South London district of Brixton. The style is basically an adaptation of Chicago drill with difference being that UK drill is generally more fast paced in comparison to its Chicago sister genre. Artists from other parts of the world have also jumped on Drill beats as well.

Cassper Nyovest did his own amademoni and it was an instant hit in SA and other parts of Africa.However, despite taking long it seems the trend has now landed in Malawi. A good example is the recently released bwanji by Gwamba and Martse.

This genre seems to have been well received especially by veterans of Malawi rap mostly because it’s not very different from old school, gangster and crunk hip-hop.

Unlike trap which is too soft for most old timers, UK drill has elements that make it easy for veteran rappers to rap on. No wonder Mfumu Hyphen and Barry Uno performed exceptionally well in Martse’s Mkatimo. Having said that, here is the million dollar question. Has this genre come here to stay or maybe it’s just a phase that will pass and our rappers will go back to jumping on passada beats.

My view is that the genre will stay for a while. However, it will only be a mainstream genre if our producers fuse it with a local feel. I’m a staunch believer of a music with an identity.

Malawian music needs to sound Malawian and that’s not only in the language but also the instrumentation.

What’s your take? Do you think Malawian drill is here to stay. Watch Bwanji on the link below >>

Gwamba Bwanji Official Music Video ft Martse 4k
Watch this video on YouTube.
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