FORMER secretary to the cabinet Sketchley Sacika has released an 11-track Zambian folk CD titled Namakau.
The tracks on Namakau are a mix of Lozi and Bemba that Sacika composed. He is also executive producer of the CD.
Namakau is dedicated to Sacika's grandmother of the same name and coincidentally also the name of his granddaughter who graces the album cover.
All 11 tracks are guitar influenced, low-tempo love songs and some with a hint of social comment.
Sacika collaborated on Namakau with veteran guitarist and producer Charles Muyamwa who played most of the instruments on the CD.
Some notable songs include the title track Namakau that talks about a migrant worker's desperate dream to break free from his economic bondage to urban life and yearning for his lover Namakau and the modest life he misses back in his village.
Track number two Icalo Lifupa is another infectious tune about the virtues of a good relationship.
On the third song Monde, Sacika talks about the importance of family, respect for one's parents and roots.
Sacika spices the CD with an old Ricky Illilonga gem Mwa Munzi Wa Kangwanda that is sadly robbed of the 1970s hit haunting tune.
For those fans of old school Zambian-folk with a tone of Emmanuel Mulemena and Alick Nkhata, this is one for your playlist.
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