Mumba Yachi, is scheduled to launch his fourth studio album on May 1 in Lusaka.
The album titled, I am Lenshina is Mumba Yachi’s dedication to women and his show of support through music for women empowerment.
Speaking to the Weekend Mail in an interview, Mumba Yachi said: “I have given it that title because of my love for women and because Lenshina means queen. I would like to empower women through the song.”
Mumba Yachi emphasised that everything he talks about in the album relates in one way or another to women.
Women are the source of life, he highlighted. “We call the earth, Mother Earth so we are stepping on women when we walk.”
The artiste shared that while technically his fourth album is Zambian, he has tried to add some value to it by giving it a jazzy touch so as to appeal to an international audience.
Songs to feature on the 13-track album include Shame on You, which talks about people having mutual respect for each other.
“In the song, I talk about how passengers must respect conductors on public buses and vice versa. I also talk about how boys must stop lying to women.”
The song Ba Mayo is Mumba Yachi’s tribute to mothers for the sacrifices they make every day, while another song called Africa describes pan-Africanism as the way for the continent to develop.
“In Africa, I talk of how we need to carry the uniting spirit of political leaders such as Kenneth Kaunda and Julius Nyerere in different spheres of life,” he shared further.
Initially,the artiste considered producing two albums as he has written quite a number of songs but after further consultation, settled for 13 tracks.
Mumba Yachi is a skilled guitar and percussion player who has been professional since 2009. Last year, his album, Mokambo, was selected as the ZMA best traditional album.
Presently, Mumba Yachi has been hooked on a lot of jazz music for inspiration but cites Emmanuel Mulemena, Franco, Fela Kuti and Ismailo as artists he has huge respect for.
Mumba Yachi’s fourth album is produced by Mojo, the label he is signed to.