Female rapper Lady Pace must be very disturbed with increased cases of gender-based violence (GBV) such as child marriages that haunt innocent girls and women in the country. It is against this background that she has changed the approach of her music to issue-based rap which strives to empower women and girls and fight child marriages and gender inequalities in the country.
Lady Pace, whose real name is Mwayi Mphande, revealed this recently when she unveiled her new album titled Mkazi Moto at Blantyre’s Kwa Haraba Café and Arts Gallery.
“I have changed my music approach. This time I am focusing more on inspiring and empowering a girl-child and women in our society. I believe I am the solution to some of the challenges currently facing girls and women in the country,” said Lady Pace.
She cited child marriage and GBV as major issues that are hampering the development of girls and women in the country.
“In fact, I was inspired by the work of Chief Kachindamoto of Dedza to change my music approach in Mkazi Moto album. I feel there are a lot of issues that I can rap about and make a difference out there,” said Lady Pace, who hails from Mzuzu.
Chief Kachindamoto is on record to have nullified over 300 child marriages in her bid to keep adolescent girls in school.
Lady Pace added that empowerment of girls and women is key for both household and community development.
“I believe music has the power to impact our societies if we use it intelligently,” she said.
Lady Pace was catapulted to the music limelight after releasing hit songs Weather and Dreams.
During the event, the silky-voiced rapper also dished out a number of songs with live backing of Malala who was playing an acoustic guitar. She performed alongside Peter Ndalama (traditional drummer) and Kelvin Sings.
Lady Pace’s music has also taken an Afro urban touch which is utilising traditional elements and audible rap to deliver key message to people.