Zathu band is excited to announce the release of their latest single, Mzati which will hit the
airwaves on Monday, 28th October 2019. Mzati is an afro pop beat that acknowledges the
importance of dads playing an active role in the lives of their children.
Through a series of conversations in rap and song, Zathu Band’s latest hit talks about what
makes a good dad – and it’s not what you might think. Mzati looks at the positive role that men can play when they encourage their children to open up to them and talk to them about the important issues in their lives. Often, this role is seen as the mother’s role – but Zathu Band feels differently, dad’s should also play a role. “In Mzati we talk about how having a good relationship with our fathers helps to build our self confidence and we highlight how having a dad who is there when you need him makes a whole lot of difference in life most especially when he takes the time to know you and motivates you to do better in life. This is the kind of relationship that most young people like myself in the drama yearn to have with our dads”, says Chiondi Mulera, who plays TK in Zathu drama. The character of TK has gone through many challenges, including with her father, who abandoned TK and her siblings after their mother died.

Mzati challenges the uncommon dynamic between fathers and daughters in Malawi as in most cases fathers do not play active roles in raising their daughters as they would with their sons.
Just like TK in the drama, the character of T-Reel also wishes he had a good relationship with his father. T-Reel’s dad felt like he was the final decision maker in the household and reacted negatively when things did not go his way. This only increased disagreements with his son, T-Reel and their relationship widened further apart as the father continued with his behaviour. In the song T-Reel bemoans the bad relationship he had with his father. He sings:
I wish my dad was better though
Mwana ndi Kholo Kumvana bo
Mtendere pakhomo ndi yonse bo
Kukhala ndi ubale wabwino
This isn’t the first time Zathu has tackled issues between parents and their children. In Season 4 of Zathu Pa Wailesi, JP’s father had an accident and he left work and spent more time at home.
Jonathan Pangani, who plays JP says, “having JP’s father at home showed him that men can play a valuable role at home as he was more present to talk to JP about what was going on in his life, asking questions and giving advice.” Mzati zeros in on the characteristics of a good father that a
good dad is caring, supportive and makes sure that each family member is involved in decision
Zathu Pa Wailesi radio show continue to inspire the youth of Malawi with interesting stories and as season 5 comes to an end, tune in to listen to the repeat episodes of the season and catch up with the best moments of your favourite radio show. C-Zee and DJ Goxy are doing what they know best giving you the best in entertainment, news and inspiring interviews, while Gogo is still the wisest best friend the youth will ever have. She is answering important questions from young people around the country and giving advice on vocational training and TEVET applications, HPV vaccination and many other topics.
You can download Zathu Band’s new single Mzati from Zathu’s website . Plus tune in to the repeat episodes for Zathu pa Wailesi season 5 from 28th October 2019. �

Don’t miss your favourite radio show on MBC Radio 2 on Mondays 3:30 pm, Wednesdays 3:30 pm and the weekly Omnibus on Saturdays 5:00 pm ; YONECO FM on Saturdays at 4:30pm;
Nyanthepa on Saturdays at 2:00 pm and Tuntufye radio on Sundays at 4:30pm. Send your comments and questions about anything you want to know, to Gogo on 0888353535 /
0999353535. Follow Zathu on Facebook for all things Zathu including music and music videos.
About Zathu and Girl Effect Partners
Girl Effect is a creative NGO that uses media platforms (such as music and radio) to confront
real-life issues for girls and boys; to challenge the way people think about girls and enable them to reach their full potential; and which in turn can help break the poverty cycle.
Girl Effect is part of the DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe) – partnership with PEPFAR which focuses on reducing HIV infections in adolescent girls and young women across 15 African countries, including Malawi. This partnership led to the development of the Zathu brand in 2017.
Zathu is a branded media initiative created with youth Malawian which aims to inspire, inform
and connect girls and boys to services they need, and to take action to change their lives. The exciting multimedia brand is comprised of a radio show ‘Zathu Pa Wailsesi’ (radio drama and talk show), Zathu magazine, music and music videos from Zathu Band and a youth clubs network across the country.
Understanding the potential for change through brands, GAVI partnered with Girl Effect/Zathu to empower girls and create demand for the HPV vaccine. Zathu also partnered with UNESCO to
promote TEVET training especially for girls.
In its first year Zathu (2017) attracted an impressive number of followers:
● 64% of Malawi population is aware of Zathu (6.7million)
● 25% of Malawi population are regular consumers of Zathu through the radio show,
music or videos (2.6million)
● 25% of 12-17 year olds listen to Zathu Pa Wailesi every week
95% of youth who listen to Zathu say it has made them “ feel more in control of the decisions
which affect their life ”.
Young people also say it has “ improved perceptions on gender equality and mixed friendships”.

Published on 28 Oct 2019 / in Afro Beats


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