SHIKANDA KAWANGA, Lusaka
FOCUS for most people last Saturday was at Radisson Blu where the Battle of Bands was on and at Mulungushi International Conference Centre for the Miss Universe Zambia grand finale, yet, you could not entirely forget about the Government Complex in Lusaka.
Hip-hop and dancehall artiste Jay Rox was launching his latest album “Outside the Rox II”.
Unfortunately however, the attendance was not entirely impressive; but not the performances which included poetry and dance by the Barefeet Theatre.
Jay Rox had offered discounted entry to those that came with dry foods and children’s reading books. A part of the proceeds from the show was expected to go to a children’s charity.
Undaunted by the poor attendance, Jay Rox went through most of the songs on the 18-track album such as Time Therapy, Uchi, Chubaba, Sarafina, Operation, Sugar Lover, Catwalk and Under the Sun.
The new album talks about different life situations that young people are going through today.
In his own words: “The album is called Outside the Rox II, on this album I’m talking about issues that young people are facing today. I talk about love but not from the perspective that a lot of people speak from, I talk about young people waking up and being able to prove themselves to the older generation that they’re able to do more than just point out mistakes.
“I’m talking about how young people can have a new society, change the way our minds operate and break these boxes that we’re locking ourselves in everyday.
“I also talk about race issue how we stereotype, just by looking at someone we like to judge without giving them a chance to know them. I also talk about abusive relationships, how some women are in abusive relationships but those relationships are taking care of a certain part of their life like family, so I tackle some of these issues on the project.”
On the album, Jay Rox has featured Ammara Brown from Zimbabwe, Orezi from Nigeria, Mumba Yachi, Willz Mr Nyopole, Wezi, Stonebwoy from Ghana and Cactus Agony.
Jay Rox says the album is inspired mainly by a lot of life situations that he has seen and gone through.
“I’m a young person in Africa, in Zambia and I’m able to see how bad this space is right now in the sense that for you to survive, you need to actually work so hard, and so many times we get so drained by certain situations that we have to go through as young people,” he says.
“I felt like young people needed a voice of positivity, that can give them hope for tomorrow, to help them understand that they are powerful, a voice that can let them go through self-discovery and rediscover themselves for them to stand and be able to look forward to tomorrow.”
SHIKANDA KAWANGA, Lusaka