NKOLE NKOLE, Lusaka
HE IS known for his music production and rapping skills having released two albums in five years and also worked with various artistes in different genres.
As a music producer, he has honed his craft through collaborations with acts like Pompi and Zamrock pioneer Emmanuel “Jagari” Chanda of the legendary Witch.
Magg44 has also produced music for acts such as Chef 187 and Macky II, both well-known artistes in Zambian hip hop.
Magg44, whose real name is Magnus Mando, sat down with the Weekend Mail to discuss his latest projects and some of the plans he has for the record label he was part of founding two years ago called Brave Only Music.
“For this quarter, the main work we are doing is on Abel Chungu Musuka’s album which is due to be released in April and on Pompi’s third album, also due for release around the same period although an exact date has not been given,” Magg 44 shares.
He is also behind the production of one of Pompi’s singles called Kapena released in late 2017 ahead of his forthcoming album.
Additionally, Magg44 is working on the film score for the Zambian TV series, Fever which airs on the DStv channel, Zambezi Magic.
For the year 2018, he says Brave Only Music will be heavily involved in artiste development activities.
Two years ago, Brave Only Music was started as a record label but as time went on, the label’s managers realised that despite there being a number of record companies, what was actually lacking in the music industry was artiste development.
“We decided to change Brave Only Music from being a record label into a limited by guarantee which focuses on developing artistes,” he explains.
Magg44 says Brave Only is now involved in any activity that develops an artiste, be it vocal training, production or stage performance so that when an artiste is ripe and ready, a record label can spot them.
A series of workshops are also being planned to run throughout the year as part of the Brave Only 2018 development plan.
Gospel artiste, Esther Chungu’s debut album, Mubanga, was produced under the Brave Only Music label and other artistes signed to the label are Mikrophone 7, Solomon Plate, Church and The Proof.