Commenting on the song, the artist, whose official name is James Kuchilala, says he decided to make the release on his birthday as the song is one that speaks of a story of many people like him.
"Nkhani ya Tchalo is a story of frustration, hope, dreams and God’s love. It talks of a boy who was born in a very impoverished family, lost his parents at a very young age and was pushed into the streets to beg and playing the role of parent for his siblings. He was eventually rescued by a helping hand.”
He further adds that the song in summary discusses the humanitarian work that he is involved in of late.
“With fellow young professionals, we formed the DreamShare Foundation towards the end of last year with the primary purpose of raising funds for underprivileged secondary school students with a story like Tchalo’s. We share their stories to potential sponsors like you who come in to be part of the children’s dreams,” said Malala, whose grouping has managed to raise school fees for 175 students from around Neno, Blantyre, Chiradzulu and Ntcheu districts.
The song has been produced by celebrated producer Don Foxy at Step-Up Records. Contrary to his fans’ expectations, in ‘Nkhani Ya Tchalo’, the artist has switched from his usual afro-acoustic to reggae.
“You see, the majority of our generation has grown up loving reggae music and we cannot run away from its influence in our lives and music in particular. I therefore decided to explore with this genre not just to reach to a new audience, but also to show my diversity. Music is an expression of one’s feelings and emotions and I realized I would love my own product so much if I did it in this genre. And with Don Foxy, one can never go wrong,” said Malala.
The song will help raise the momentum of DreamShare Foundation’s Tsogolo concert which will be held on Friday, 24th August at Game Complex’s Underground Hall.
Also performing will be fellow Afro musician Code Sangala and celebrated poet Yankho Seunda.