The Malawian hip hop scene has had some very interesting eras, as we have seen some exciting talents brew and become household names with others earning themselves the legendary status.

But perhaps the most interesting era in recent memory is the vernacular punchline era, which was led by non-other than Gwamba.
The rapper came up at a very young age with his mesmerising vernacular rap flows and punchlines of which caught the attention of many as it was something Malawians had not heard before, bearing testimony to the rapper’s genius.

His flows, deliveries, and lyrical prowess not only got him a huge fan base, but also got him the role model status as a whole generation of rap artists in the capital city and some Blantyre based rap artists adopted the Gwamba sound, a clear indication of the rapper’s impact.

Some might say this story has no basis because they don’t hear anyone sounding like Gwamba, but the truth is, most Lilongwe based rap artists have fused the Gwamba touch in their new school flavour thus the Gwamba sound being hidden.
Take the likes of Crispy MW, Dette Flo, Illmind, RappaCenta, Magga MW, the list is endless. All these rappers have one thing in common, and that’s the gwamba finesse in their rap. Not only L-City rappers have that sound, Blantyre based artists like Waxy-K and BornCriss also have that same sound.

Whether you agree with it or not, Gwamba deserves credit for inspiring the sound of a whole generation of rappers which is something not many artists have achieved.
Gwamba ndi PUPA!!!

By Kelvin ‘Repro’ Mtambo