Bobo Andrew is a Mzuzu-based reggae artist who has done several tracks, including his latest titled Life, whose music video is enjoying airplay on various local televisions.
Surprisingly, if one decides to trace him in Mzuzu, you will hardly find him using his music identity. His music fame is becoming less popular owing to his new-found trade. He is now better known as ‘dread doctor’.
The artist has grown famous in the city by weaving dreadlocks on any hair type.
“I am a musician, but if you want to get me easily, just ask for dread doctor, I am now known with that title,” said Andrew.
Andrew, a self-confessed Rastafarian, said he is able to survive through weaving dreads.
“I attend to many customers seeking my services because the deadlock business has become fashionable in Mzuzu. People come for a variety of dreads. I receive clients that need full making, growing or locking,” said Andrew.
The dread maker plies his trade inside the Mzuzu Main Market.
He said he realises enough money to take care of his family.
“You can be surprised that wealthy people in Mzuzu come for my services. I do several types of dread services; from back combing, twist, rip, brush rubbing, dread braiding and dread perm,” said Andrew.
The hair-specialist said, with increased number of clients, he is planning to employ other people to cope with the demand.
Andrew, 30, learnt dread making from South African dread makers Ras Banana and Bobo Dali.
Andrew said he plans to take his services beyond Malawi.
“I am not only targeting local customers, I want my services to be accessed even by people outside the country. I am working on online marketing so that people should know of my existence,” said Andrew.
Although deadlocks are associated with the Rastafarian religion, most of the people who seek services at Andrew’s dread making shop in Mzuzu are all not Rastafarians.
“The problem is that there is a lot of stereotypes out there about dreads despite that dreadlocks have been around since the dawn of time. The public should note that we do not only target Rastas,” said Andrew.