Musician Lucius Banda took time off the microphone in Mzuzu district and made scathing remarks about the youths.
He described Malawian youths as ‘passive and pathetic’ for failing to rise up and express their mind on various issues affecting the country.
Lucius further admitted he is tired of singing for such a generation that only thinks about Facebook, beer, girls and WhatsApp.
The self-acclaimed soldier of the poor made the remarks during a performance at Mzuzu Stadium over the weekend.
Coincidentally, the show was mostly patronised by the youth and he diverted from the song Freedom to register his concern.
He said: “I have been singing from age 23 in 1993 when Kamuzu [Banda, the then president] was here.
“During the reigns of Bakili Muluzi, Bingu wa Mutharika, Joyce Banda, I sang.
“I am tired of singing because you are just sitting down. You are a very pathetic generation.”
Banda said if national heroes such as Chakufwa Chihana were as passive as the youths of this generation, Hasting Kamuzu Banda could have been the leader to this day.
He urged the youth to rise up against the system and musicians to sing critical songs before the country loses direction completely.
“It’s up to you. You are the young people, fight for your country. I am not a young man any more. In the next three or four years, I will be 50 years old,” he said.
Lucius has been known as a fearless critic who usually includes a commentary song in every album to tackle political malaise affecting the country.
Last year, a fan asked him to release a hard-hitting song for the prevalent electricity and water challenges as well as the dwindling national economy.
Lucius posted the message on his Facebook page which attracted mixed reactions from his fans.
He later told The Nation in an interview that he is a disappointed soldier because he is not supported by the people he stands up for.
“What are the people doing with what I have sung before? Have we not inspired them enough to stand up and act?
“In the past, the youth would act without looking at one’s party affiliation. And that’s why we had multiparty.
But today, people are loyal to their parties even if they know that their leaders are wrong. It’s difficult to speak for such people,” said Lucius.
He denied allegations that he has toned down in his approach to issues as a soldier for voiceless masses, saying he has been disappointed to continue the fight.
“I am talking alone without the support from the people I defend,” said Lucius. n