After successfully co-authoring Billy Kaunda’s biography Hills and Valleys last year, Wonderful Mkhutche has announced the release of Lucius Banda’s book The Man, The Music and The Politics.
In an interview, Mkhutche said the book delves into the artistic, personal and political life of ‘Soldier’ Lucius Banda.
“Basically, the book discusses Malawi politics since 1993 through the music of Lucius Banda. Lucius Banda has engaged with politics over the years and through his views, the book looks into our democratic history. It looks at its strengths and challenges,” he said.
The book will be released on May 26, but people can order it now. It is currently selling at K12 000.
Mkhutche described the book as one of the library tools to boost Malawi history through the life of the Balaka music heavyweight.
He added that the book also dwells on the present politics of Tonse Alliance government since this period has not been adequately covered by writers.
“I think by helping Malawians look into their present politics, the book will help them to understand the future better. It is high time Malawians consume local content to understand where they are coming from and going,” said Mkhutche.
On his part, Soldier described his book as a tool which will inspire Malawians who have been following his musical and political life.
“Honestly, I am happy that this project has been accomplished. The book mirrors my life as someone who has used both music and mainstream politics to champion change in the lives of poor people.
“I believe good politics serves the interests of the poor to make their lives better,” he said.
One of Banda’s ardent followers, Chikondi Saka from Falls in Lilongwe, said he was looking forward to buying the book.
He said it was an honour that Mkhutche has finally authored a book on the veteran musician.
“Lucius is one of the country’s political figures and an advocate of the poor people who has used music to demand justice. His contributions can never go unnoticed. Our children need to learn about him. It is better for the nation to read about their own heroes than promoting literature that glorifies foreigners,” said Saka.