Dethrone EP Preview
Written By Mc Donald Nyoni
I have not met Suffix in person, but his music has made it through my mind ever since College. My first encounter with his music was through Death of Secular (DOS) Mixtape, which brought change in how Gospel Hip-Hop, or Gospel Rap as some prefer to call it, was perceived in Malawi. DOS introduced a new wave of art-based Urban Christian music. This is a strong claim, but accessing Malawian urban Christian music before DOS it is evident to that Suffix challenged many Rappers to add salt in delivery and writing of their songs. Well, this piece is not about DOS, so let me put a pause here and migrate to Dethrone EP.
Dethrone EP. I am privileged by the Management of Suffix to do a preview of the EP which is scheduled for release this coming Monday, 17th of October, 2016. I have taken sometime to listen to the EP, approximately more than ten times per song. Every song deserves a solo preview looking at the deep content there in; but I will make it simple to prompt your hunger to grab the EP once it is out on Monday.
Let me take you into a journey of each song in the EP, walk with me.
1. Ndinakakhala Judge
This is a song positioning first in the EP. Almost everyone who follows urban music should have an idea of what this song has done in local music charts. It was produced by Stone and recorded by Stich Fray.
Ndinakakhala Judge has been a number one song for a while on the trending urban shows in Malawi: Made on Monday on Radio 2, and Spiritunez Countdown aired on Trans world radio. Since the song was released as a sample from the EP, I will not say much in describing it.
However the song is one of the great tunes to put on a repeat for its delivery and lyric development is premium. It tells a story of a Christian in response to the ever decaying world earth has become over time and space. The song further brings in an exposition of the failure of man to being in the place of God, as his judgment will be limited and biased. The song has been a controversy in Malawi, largely because most people have chosen not to understand the deep meaning embedded in the lyrics.
2. Guilty featuring Olivia and Mista Gray
Mista Gray is first to throw a verse in this song, his delivery was good; plus great lyrics describing how guiltiness started in the Garden of Eden – the case of Adam and Eve. He took that understanding to the contemporary Christian challenge where one sin, repent about it, and return to the same sin.
Olivia is the woman on the chorus. Well, am in love with her voice, she has won me as a fan. She is talented and handled the chorus very well.
Suffix comes in as creative as regular, but you can always hardly predict his next line. His first line goes like:
Ngakhale ndinapeza kwacha, zinthu zingondidelabe….
Then he goes on to explaining how money cannot clean one’s sin. He describes another angle of guiltiness as in how one clings to some things attached to, and how God is looking for us to prioritize Him, instead. This is evident in the line below:
Music is my Isaac, ambuye akuti sacrifice it…
The song further entails how Suffix is so talented in using stories from the Bible and applies them to his ministry in music.
3. Exhibit A featuring Olivia and Regenerate
The song is also one of my favorites in the EP. It entails how some people are discriminated in Christian circles. The concept is important to consider for a serious review in Christendom to avoid abuse of basic concepts.
Regenerate is also one of the artists to be noted via this feature in Dethrone EP. He has great delivery and well selected lyrics. Olivia on the other hand keeps on shining via the chorus. She has the best voice, and producers Geo and Stich Frey have also done great justice to her art. As I said earlier, Olivia has won a new fan in me, she is good.
Suffix comes in and explains how some people would strive to be an artist just to be accepted in a group of believers. He cited conditions, the person he imitates feels would make him/her accepted in some Christian circles. Suffix further explains the tendency of other Christian artist who does not have time for other people who want to approach them from a basis that they are Christians. Well, this song covers a huge part of the EP’s title, Dethrone; and further exposes pride issues among some Ministers of the gospel via music. This song needs to be listened to by everyone, most specifically artists and other Ministers of the gospel.
4. Talent featuring Olivia
This is my favorite song, and I can listen to it all day. Maybe I am a fan of biographies, and this song covers part of Suffix’s life. He brings into the picture how his talent affected both his family, school and how friends he had looked at him having got noticed around. The song is personal, more of his life story.
In the song Suffix covers one of the issues most artists need to take note seriously. He talks of how Social Media fun followers such as Facebook likes have less or no impact to healing the pain being experienced by a person. Suffix is real, and brings in the picture of academic problems, and how talent can be a blessing or a curse to balanced extents.
Olivia advances her vocals on this joint. She went into some high knots which explain more of her talent. I am of the view Malawians will love talent in this woman just as I did.
5. Lameki featuring KBG
Lameki is one of the songs to watch out in the EP. In the song Suffix features one of the talented Christian artists who love contextualizing his music to impact the local Malawian audience, KBG. The song is extracted from the legendary Allan Namoko’s ‘Lameki’ song.
The song is of advice being given to the youth of today. The setting Suffix brought in is of a parent with a son in a house. The conversation is mixed with Suffix’s usual talent, and serious advice is offered so the kid can avoid teenager relationships and some ills. He also pin-pointed the issue that fame does not pay bills, hence the need to work hard to address realities of life.
KBG adds to the understanding of the song by creating a scenario of a young person who prioritized beer and women, and end up losing chances to mend his future. The young person illustrated in KBG’s verse is depicted to being a victim of his past decisions, having lost the opportunities to create a better future. The Nyali Musik leader finalized his verse by the line:
sankaziwa kuti moyowu si Mario/
Supezekanso mwayi wina ukaona maliro/
Well, this was a perfect contextualization of the song making it well understood to the youth generation being targeted. The use of Mario, which is a game most youth relate to, was a perfect idea.
6. Ziwindi featuring Abel Chungu, Limoblaze, Ruyonga & Thugga
This is one of the great pieces if you are a fan of raw hip-hop. In this song Suffix features big names in music, and from different countries. Abel Chungu does the chorus whereby Limoblaze, Ruyonga and Thunga rapped. It’s a song that appeals to those who seriously love raw hip-hop.
7. Inkosi featuring Mag44, Lilly Million, Church
Inkosi features one of my favorite rappers from Zambia, Mag 44. He was serious on this one, he treated it perfectly, and maybe he anticipated the song would make it far. He brought in well decorated punch lines of a heavy-weight rapper, and served the verse very well.
The chorus is okay, Lilly Million is another face Malawians needs to watch with keen interest. She is talented, and comes from South Africa. Suffix owned this song as well; he made sure the presence of heavy-weights should not disturb his pace in a song. He brings in the concept of ‘Inkosi’ with a serious theological exposition. Now he explains the incarnation, the issue of Jesus being 100% God and Man some 2000 years ago. Church, the artist I have met via this EP, is also great. I love his choice of a nickname, Church.
In conclusion, Dethrone EP is worthy your internet data. Get set for it as links will be provided on Monday. Both Suffix and his Management did plan and work seriously on this compilation. The EP is well cooked, spiced up with features from different countries in Africa. Malawi has never had an EP of kind. I can predict that through this EP Suffix will continue being a household name.