KELVIN KACHINGWE, Lusaka
AFTER a long absence on the music scene, singer Muso Meyers last Friday announced her intentions regarding her singing career with a captivating live performance at Hoolis, formerly called Hooligans, located on Kasuba Road, in Lusakaâ€™s light industrial area just off Lumumba Road.
Obviously, others are asking; Muso who?
Well, for those that have followed local music, they will remember her as the overly talented vocalist who used to sing alongside Maureen Lilanda and Lily T.
Maybe, the name Muso Meyers is confusing.
Understandable, the time she was singing with â€œAuntâ€ Maureen and Lily T, she was simply known as Muso.
Her full name though is Musonda Mundia.
She is well-honed.
Not too sure whether they knew much about her when she took to Hoolis, whose clientele is mostly the farming community, but boy, were they highly impressed.
Singing alongside Gerald Sata, whose singing skills the public got to appreciate when he sang at the funeral of his father, former President Sata at Heroes Stadium, Muso completely changed the complexion of Hoolis.
Before she took to the stage, most of the people in the crowd where busy with other matters; some were glued to the television sets watching the 14-time major champion Tiger woods making his return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge, the unofficial PGA that he hosts; others were religiously busy with the game of pool as if the World Pool-Billiard Association officials were in the house; and others were just busy with their drinks.
Oh, and there was a game of chess which a few people were keenly following as though it was a match between the reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen and the challenger Serjey Karjakin.
Once Muso and Gerald grabbed those microphones, only one thing mattered inside Hoolis â€“ their performance.
After playing a number of covers as well as Musoâ€™s own compositions, the band thought it was enough for the night. However, the audience would not hear any of that and urged them on.
It was fun, and that is what Muso, who is grooming a band, is bringing to the game.
Muso, whose genre of music is mostly Râ€™nâ€™B, jazz with a touch of modern pop, knows what she wants.
â€œI aspire to work with international artists such as Lira from South Africa, Wizkid of Nigeria, Selah Sue of Belgium, and Drake of the USA. Also, I aspire to be a role model to young and upcoming singers and musicians in general through my work as well as to do charity work to help the under privileged in our local societies,â€ says the 30-year-old singer.
â€œAs an expansion to my empire, I would love to venture into other business lines like fashion and television. My debut album should be expected next year.â€
But you should see her on stage.
KELVIN KACHINGWE, Lusaka