Maskal is in shape for the launch of Umuthu album at Country Club Limbe Sundayâ€”a bash which defies memories of the humble beginnings of his success story.
Born Masiye Kasaru in 1985, the disowned firstborn of Ndeâ€™feyo Entertainment Label shot to fame with the hit debut Nthawi in 2010, but his second coming has already arrested the listenership with its melodic gospel of social life.
For his fans, Maskalâ€™s is a fast-unfolding story stretching from the session artist who contributed backing vocals to gospel hitmaker Peter Samboâ€™s early releases to the soulful singer whose masterly has driven Umuthu previewsâ€”Usatope and Zili ndi Iweâ€”top of music charts on local radio stations at present. So popular are the twin releases that they have become the cornerstones of illicit collections that are selling like hotcakes in the Lilongwe. The pirated release also contains top urban music singles.
In an interview, Maskal named the underworld editionâ€™s success as part of the bittersweet countdown to Umunthu unveiling, starring reggae kings Black Missionaries and jamming machine Skeffa Chimoto along with urban voices Young Kay, Barry One, Blakjak and Yesaya.
Said the artist: “I am pleased to announce that everything is in place, rehearsals are done and tickets are on sale. At the same time, I have heard that some unscrupulous traders are already selling the songs which were supposed to go on the market during the launch.
“I am afraid. How secure are artists when even law enforcers donâ€™t see any wrong with these illegal collections on the streets?”
This weekendâ€™s jam has suffered a setback with the withdrawal of stage master Dan Lu who is touring South Africa alongside Piksy and Armstrong who also appear on the lamented compilation.
Maskal will be backed by a newly assembled band of promising talent under the leadership of keyboardist Alex Lewis of Chitheka Family. The ensemble debuted on high at Sunbird Sand Music Festival last month and Maskal said is likely to be named it after one of his acclaimed singlesâ€”with fans allegedly clamouring for Umunthu or Nthawi. Before his parting with Ndeâ€™feyo, the artist was performing with Maziko Band (formerly Mizati).
He is a Malawian Music Awardsâ€™ recipient and Access Communications Limited (ACL) brand ambassador.