Hip-hop acts Phyzix and Dare Devilz have fallen for the magic of the mantra “pa ground sipali bwino” by releasing a song titled Pa Ground.
The phrase has been used widely recently to reflect the prevailing socio-economic environment. It has been adopted even by companies and organisations who have used the phrase to market their services and products on social media.
Pa Ground has made subtle inferences to the current political leadership citing different financial extremes that ordinary people are going through in comparison with people who have connections with the powers that be.
“Ndufuna ndikhale mwana wa Abusa ndidzidya cash. I need to work hard just to get some stash. If the girls wanna party, I run and dash. Ndili panopa kuteteza dzi ndalamadzi.” goes one of the song’s verses.
In an interview, the rapper said the song is an attempt to paint a picture of the real economic situation that Malawians are going through. The storyline centres on a man who is deep in huge debt and has almost nowhere to run to as his debtors hound him.
Phyzix said the influence of the pa ground sipali bwino cannot be ignored because of its socio-economic connotations.
“It also brings awareness on the reality on the ground to our leaders. As an artist, it is my responsibility to depict the trends on the streets,” he said.
A member of the Dare Devilz duo, Marcus Pasanje, said: “The phrase is not trending for nothing. There is energy behind it which talks about the realities on the ground.”
Social and arts commentator Wonderful Mkutche said people are using the phrase to express several situations in their lives which mirror the struggles that they are facing. He said the musicians have added an artistic flavour to take the message home.