Lilongwe based reggae dancehall star Kapadocia, has won K100 000 in this years’ Project April Stop Abuse Competition with his song Mwachangu.
Held under the theme “Child Marriages Must Stop in April; the competition was organized for artists to record songs that would carry messages against various abuses against the girl child.
His song came out victorious after judges rated his song as the best amongst the three other competing songs.
“This song is a voice of all girl children who are victims to early girl child marriages which is an unfortunate reality happening in the country.
“This disturbs the girl child academic future and hence contributes to the rising numbers of uneducated women in Malawi,” Kapadocia said.
The self proclaimed Ghetto Ambassador revealed that the money won will be channeled towards the shooting and production of the music video for the winning song Mwachangu.
The video he said will help further promote and spread the messages contained in the song, which has since been uploaded on www.malawi-music.com.
Some of the notable lines from the song are “Musamukwatiritse mwachangu// Apite Ku sukulu mwanayu// Musamusenzetse madengu// Apite Ku sukulu mwachangu”.
Founder of Project April Timoteo Kailedzi, who made the announcement on Tuesday, said the Amapolabe hit maker’s song gained the judges attention due to a couple of factors:
“The song has strong content in relation to the theme, his captivating voice and also how creative he was when delivering lyrics on a well produced Instrumental,” said Kailedzi, also popularly known as Timoteo Malawi.
In his remarks, country director of Project April Roy View Banda who presented the cash prize and a trophy to Capadocia, said other songs failed to make it as the messages they carried were a bit off against this years’ theme and also due to poor production.
“We use art to fight against abuse and that is why we host shows annually in April under different themes ranging from girl child protection to orphans welfare.
“Our movement also tackles issues to deal with Aids and also any other social issues of national interest,” clarified Roy.
Other songs that entered the competition are “Bere” by SevenOmore feat Tawina Tembo, “I Deserve Better” by Mic Mash feat Valine and “Mwayi Wanga” by No Limit.
Project April started in 2013 and the first show took place at Game Complex in 2013 and subsequent shows have also been held at Portuguese Club, Golf Club and Amazon.
The organizers have since promised to hold another greater show in next year.