By: AUBREY THOM VAKHANI-CONTRIBUTOR
Blantyre based budding poet, Mike Supedi popularly known by his artistic name of Mr. Papaya, said he is set to release his debut album this September.
Mr. Papaya who was speaking on the sideline of his latest single, Adalakwanji Mphunzitsi wa Private said the album, Chiwanda Cha Maluzi, was supposed to reach the market this June but according to him, Covid-19 delayed its release.
“I am here to announce to the people out there that all preparations are at an advanced stage to release my first album. It was supposed to be out in June but due to Covid-19, I was forced to wait until this September,” Mr. Papaya said.
He said people should expect good messages from the album which will be comprised of 15 poems among them Tikufuna bungwe Lowona Za ma Interview, Ife Timkadziwa, Mwandifuna Lero and Ndagwa Nawe Mchikondi.
Turning to his just released poem, Adalakwanji Mphunzitsi wa Private, the youthful poet who started his poetry journey in 2014 while at Maonga Primary School in Thyolo district, said he decided to compose the poem to show his sympathy for some teachers who work with privately owned learning institutions who, since the closure of schools in the country as a preventive guideline for the Covid-19 pandemic, their employers stopped paying salaries.
“There are a number of teachers who are going through economic difficulties since government order the closure of schools due to Covid-19. Some teachers have been chased from their rented houses for failure to pay rentals for more than three months. This is the reason why I was prompted to compose this poem to sympathise with suffering teachers and at the same time to send a signal to authorities to intervene in addressing these teachers are facing,” he emphasised.
The poem was produced by Brian Chikopa at Brain Apple Studio in Blantyre.