Musician-cum-politician Fredokiss has given rare insights about his music journey, humanitarian work and political experience to arts and entertainment online platform Mikozi.
Speaking during the platform’s exlusive programme Mikozi Hot Seat hosted by William Shumba, the artist said he is happy with the prevailing conditions in the industry as the status quo is providing more opportunities for creatives to thrive unlike in the past.
“The music will always be part of the brand. It is the base from where all these platforms have been built on,”said Fredokiss, hinting new projects in the pipeline.
For the first time, the musician opened up about his arrest during last year’s presidential and parliamentary elections and the subsequent collapse of the case.
Fredokiss also weighed in on his ongoing power fights with Blantyre City South parliamentarian Noel Lipipa which have oftentimes spilled over to social media.
Throughout the interview, the rapper appeared at ease, drawing biblical examples and at some point likened himself to David who floored the much-feared Goliath.
Fredokiss has at times earned the wrath of Lipipa for his involvement in several developmental initiatives in the constituency.
But the artist says it is unfortunate that the issue degenerated to such a level and he maintained that he has utmost respect for Lipipa, whom he repeatedly referred to as ‘Uncle Noel’ during the one-hour-plus long interview.
“I respect him. And I believe that respect has to be true and genuine.
“I implement development initiatives all over the country and in different constituencies but none has come to say I want to compete with them for prominence. Why is it always a problem when I do something in BT City South,” he said.
Fredokiss, real name Penjani Kalua, contested in the constituency during the last elections and lost to the incumbent.
He said: “I will continue to help where my assistance is needed. You can’t put development work on hold waiting for an election.”
The artist said he will not be moved by the resistance he is facing in his political ambitions referring to accusations levelled against him by UTM Party director of youth Bon Kalindo.
He said: “My values are guided by the Bible. Even Jesus wasn’t liked by all. I am not here to be liked by everyone. However, I will not come here and castigate Lipipa or Kalindo because it is not how I was raised.”
The Ndikatseka Maso creator said his plan is to contest again in the 2025 polls and has urged his fellow youths to join the decision-making space so that they can be part of the solution.
“If this political space is choking our ambitions then it is choking the aspirations of many in our generation.
“I represent many youths who want change,” he said.