LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)- Malawi’s celebrated Nyau King, “Tay Grin” took Malawi’s 53rd Independence Day celebration messages to popular international TV channel, Trace Africa.
This is the first time for the musician to take the national celebration to global audience that has attracted much appraise from the country’s public.
The Rapper, Tay Grin, who is touring the United States of America, continued to enjoy the limelight with his appearance on Trace Africa by sending a special message to Malawians on Independence Day.
Trace Africa ran a 35-second special 53 Independence Day message, titled Malawi@53, in which the rapper wished Malawians “Happy Independence Day.”
Key features in the video was the depiction of Malawi’s wildlife, cultural dances, Lake Malawi, and the historical King’s African Rifles (KAR) monument in Zomba.
The Nyau King is well-known for his passion for Malawian heritage and he has used music to give his international audience a glimpse of Malawi society.
In an interview with The Maravi Post on Thursday, the Rapper hailed Trace Africa for recognizing Malawi’s special day by giving him the chance to reach out to his audience.
“I wished to celebrate with Malawians back home, but I didn’t have that opportunity. I thank Trace Africa for making it possible for me to reach out to Malawians and other viewers across the continent.
“I am 100 percent Malawian and I will use every platform to promote Malawian culture and heritage. Our culture brings us together and I want to continue using music to reach out to an international audience so that a lot of people can appreciate our culture,” said Tay Grin.
The Nyau King has utilised a number of platforms that include television and other platforms.
The rapper embarked on his mission to promote Malawian culture through traditional dances such as Gulewamkulu, Ingoma, Beni, and Manganje, which are noticeable in most of his songs.
He has won numerous international and local music awards. Tay Grin was recognised by Channel O, which promotes African content; he won an award in 2009 alongside Buffalo Souljah (Zimbabwe), Gal Level (Namibia) and DJ Waxxy (Nigeria).
Tay Grin, who is UN Women HeForSHe Ambassador, is influencing change in the Malawian society by sustaining cultural practices that are important in the country’s development, while trying to encourage change of some cultural practices which negatively impact vulnerable groups, especially girls and women.
He is well-travelled and has represented Malawi wherever he has performed. This is by talking about Malawi’s tourism, cultural practices, music and heritage sites.
Tay Grin has performed in the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Zambia, USA, Iceland, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Australia, Botswana, Uganda and Kenya.
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