ZIO MWALE, Lusaka
AFTER releasing Uhai, an EP that won the admiration of many fans, songbird Wezi has followed it up with the launch of the video for her song titled Nthawi.
Wezi launched the video on Tuesday at an exclusive red-carpet event held at Le Dolphin Grand Paradiso Hotel in Lusaka’s Roma township.
Organised by Elation Entertainment, the red-carpet affair had the likes of Bombshell, poet Ludo, Kantu, Tiye P, comedian Kabova, James Sakala, Jay Fuse and Theresa Ng’ambi in attendance.
The launch started at about 20:00 hours with just a relatively small crowd in the audience. The stage was opened by Theresa Ng’ambi before afro soul singer Jay Fuse followed up with another impressive performance.
Here, musicianship was at play. Musicians were playing live. That is what a launch should be about, showcasing the musicianship.
At about 20:30 hours, Wezi, backed by her five-piece band, Heart Sound, took to the stage. It is what the small and intimate audience wanted. On her part, Wezi embraced the stage as she performed songs like Nyimbo Zako, Tiwepo and finally Nthawi.
Oh, it was an emotional performance of Nthawi with Wezi breaking into tears as she sang the song.
Later, the video was unveiled.
The video director of photography was Jammiel Banda while Qbick and Lawdak of NXT Solutions directed the Nthawi video.
In the video, Wezi displays a prisoner who had no-one to talk to and was alone. Shot in a dark prison cell and donning black garments and some unkempt hair, Wezi encourages herself that at times, time is a disappointment and does not meet its promises, but one has to move on.
Composed by Wezi and Sebastian Mutale, Nthawi, a Chewa term for time, was produced by Seba and James Sakala and mastered at Ben Blazer Studios for Elation Entertainment.
“The song talks to time, broken relationships and bereavement and how things start and end with time,” Wezi says.
“The song is an audio therapy session that talks to time, reflecting of a bond that was once strong but isn’t anymore. Broken relationships and bereavement and how things start and end with time.”