THELMA BWALYA, Lusaka
SINGER Niza Simukonda, son of the late music legend Ackim Simukonda, has released a single titled Tata Wandi, a reply to his father’s Bana Bandi which was recorded 20 years ago.
Although Niza has the burden of carrying on the legacy of his late father, he considers it a beautiful burden.
Niza has a passion for playing the guitar just like his father and is one of the smoothest vocalists in Zambia today.
In the song, Niza is responding to his father that he and his siblings have heard what he told them to do in the song, and that is to love one another.
“The song is simply a response to dad’s song. What I talk about is more like I’m responding on behalf of myself and my siblings. Dad left us a song and in his last song, he tells us that we have to love each other and stay united. So in my version, I simply say we heard what you said and that’s what we are doing,” Niza, who is being promoted by South Africa-based media personality Chilu Lemba, says.
Niza says doing a response to the song was not his idea as he wanted to sing his dad’s song the way it is.
“I’ve always wanted to sing the song because over time, people recognise me and they want me to play the song on guitar or want me to sing it for them, so I ended up saying I’ll do the song one day but then, James Sakala is the one who produced the song and his idea was to respond to the song instead of doing it exactly word for word and it sounded better,” he explains.
The song was produced by James Sakala and co-produced by T-Sean and Ben Banda. It was mixed by Ben Blazer and mastered in the United States of America by Dave Collins, who has worked on the music of D’Angelo, Linkin Park and the late Luther Vandross, among others.
The song, which was written by James Sakala, has a video that will be out soon.
A full album is coming. Niza says he does not have a specific genre of music as he has a wide selection.
“I don’t want to be in a box, I’m a lover of all kinds of music. I have a message in my music and my main message is bringing hope because growing up in an environment where you’re always far from your siblings, I had gone through a lot of things especially that dad passed on when I was very young, so music is what kept me going,” Niza says.
“I feel there’s a kid somewhere going through what I went through and if I tell them in song that there’s hope and you’ll make it, they’ll keep strong. So that’s the main thing I want to do, I can put it in a reggae, RnB, hip-hop song and still say there’s hope.”
THELMA BWALYA, Lusaka