They have taken the Malawian music scene by storm – wooing fans across the breadth of the country with their captivating live act as well as their fascinating lyrics. They are Zambian sensational dou Organised Family; dreadlocked siblings Kent Singoyi aka Orga Kent who is also the lead vocalist and Rex Singoyi aka Orga Rex.
Wherever they have performed since their songs ‘Koka Kola’ and ‘Minga Munsomba’ hit the airwaves and across dancefloors, the pair have not only lived up to their reputation but also enhanced it with performances that have left revellers feeling somewhat salivating for more.
Once they take over the stage, the pair entrances the audience with dances and vocals that are thrilling yet sobering at the same time, exciting and yet surprisingly temperate. It is their live performances in Malawi, other than their chart-busting hits, that have solidified their status as one of the best things that Zambia has gifted Malawi in recent years.
Organised Family started in 2000 and they have four albums namely; Orga (2004), Sinzakutangila (2006), Missed Call (2008) and Koka Kola released last year.
Koka Kola ensured that the group won the Song of the Year and Group of the Year at last year’s Muvi TV Artists of the Year awards.
Fascinating is how everyone describes their music.
What with Koka Kola – a bachelor’s tale at trying to woo a lady to be his wife. If the beat does not catch your fancy, then certainly and without doubt, the lyrics ought to keep you interested as the bachelor courts the lady and introduces her to his house.
Songs such as Minga Musomba, Botolo Top, Hungry Lion and Facebook have become very popular in Malawi.
“We are happy that Malawians love our music so much and that is why we came here to give them the music live,” Oga Kent tells Malawi News.
However, the duo complained that some people were selling fake DVDs of their songs.
“We see a lot of DVDs here which we did not make and some of them don’t even have our pictures. It is very sad but we have brought our original DVDs so people can contact us and buy during the shows,” he says.
It appears the Orga duo have a good business acumen because they know that it is not the expensiveness that brings profit rather rate of turnover. The turnover rate is high when the product is cheap and people buy but when it is expensive few people buy.
Besides people resort to piracy when the product is unaffordable but at K500 most would rather buy than have a copied substandard DVD.
On the sidelines of their performance at the Mother’s Day Festival in Salima, Orga Kent disclosed that long-forgotten Malawian music star Mlaka Maliro is the musician of choice in Zambia.
Orga Kent said Mlaka’s music is very popular and a lot of people can sing the music off hand.
“Malaka is very popular and if he came to Zambia to hold a show a lot of people will come to the show than if any other musician from Malawi came,” he said.
Kent also mentioned Lucius Banda and Wendy Harawa as other popular artist in Zambia.
He said Skeffa Chimoto is also popular through one gospel song which he did with a Zambina artists Solomoni Jere.
Before he formed Organised Family, Orga Kent was a solo artist who rose to fame with his album African Girl that certified him as a bankable songwriter.
He would later come with Malaika and the Wyclef Jean sampled Sinizakutamangila in 2005.
Shortly after that he formed a group we now affectionately know as the Organized Family with friends Sylvester and young brother Rex. The group has had considerable success all these years but in 2010 they went all the way to the top with their ground breaking smash album Koka Kola.
The album would win the group their first Ngoma Award for Best Album of the Year.
Up to now the album’s songs like ‘Koka Kola’, ‘Facebook’, ‘Minga Munsomba’ and ‘Hungry Lion’ are in heavy rotation on radio stations countrywide.
‘Body Lotion’, their latest single from the album has taken over the scene.
On every song of the group through the years it is Orga Kent’s writing and singing that stands out. His witty word play and infectious melodies resonate with bits of advice and wisdom and yet maintain their feel good play-back appeal that has made the group a household name.
Still riding off the success of the Koka Kola album, Orga Kent says the group is already in the studio working on a new album.