You know I used to get irritated by these street kids on the street, you know.
Every time I run into them they are like;
“Eh. Bakamba tulyemo tulyemo!” You know…
But you see I realized that some of them do have a genuine story, you know.
I met this kid once, he told me his story and how he ended up on the streets.
Chachinefye ai, umfwa efyo anjebele ati?
Macky 2 as Street kid:
“Mvelani bakamba ine life niyolimba.
Atate anafa ine nikali che mumimba.
Ninakula na step-father oipa mutima.
Nenzo sebenzela pokudya che kansima.
Nenze na dream yo enzapo my beama.
Manje banthu nenzanabo balenga yazima.
Nenze na dream yo nkhalapo kateka.
Manje ati, “Zakusukulu zinachepa”.
Mufuna ziba why ninathaba kunyumba?
Nenze ninalemosungiwa monga ni nkhumba.
Huh, “banthu benangu nimfwiti!”
Ndiye reason ninkhala mu street.”
You see, Macky 2 Hope Foundation is a non-profitable non-governmental organization that we put together just so we could help kids like that, you know.
I feel like I can use my music and my influence to talk about things that people are not ready to talk about.
Like the welfare of my people.
Like politics, like gender-based violence.
Like the time I found my sister crying;
Naisa mwipusha ati, “ninshi?”
Elo alanda ati:
“Pe enzo nifuna enzo niitana mungeli.
Pe ananikwatila anayamba bakuseli.
Panyumba abwela 02 nocokapa kuseni.
Nipitamo nambama nikachaya complain.
Amama aniuza kuti, “Limba mwana wanga.”
But nimvela monga ningathabile chemusanga.
Ah, ninankhalila che bana,
Ndaba uyu mwamuna chachendi ni satana.
Bakuti, “ni mwambo” ati, “lithambi”.
Ati, “Divorce Namayo Lisambi”.
But sibaziba venipitamo,
Kuvutika na misozi vachilamo.”
You know, I feel like we don’t have freedom of speech in our country, you know.
Cause some times when you say the truth, its always on ugly side.
Its like people have specific things they wanna hear, you know.
But who am I to just keep quite and let my people suffer?
What kind of an artist will people remember me for if I just shut up about things that really matter, men.
No fear no fall back:
Am going in like Moses tryna save my people.
The system like the Pharaoh tryna slave my people.
I bring peace on the flag am the eagle.
So banthu banga kuvutika nakana, gigo!
I AM FROM A RICH COUNTRY WHERE POOR PEOLE LIVE.
But vizankhala mushe I believe.
I sing songs of freedom.
But on radio when playing,
They looking for some danceable with a lot of rhythm.
They say I should do another last song.
They say I should do another club song.
But I’d rather make a song,
That will make my people strong.
Lift them up take them to where they belong like:
ONE ZAMBIA ONE NATION
Ndise banthu bamozi,
Tiyende Pamozi… Na Mutima Umozi.
Words and song of my forefathers.
This one is dedicated to all the freedom fighters.
I believe they never died in vain.
One day we’ll be together.
Let’s fight for a better Zambia.