By JOWIT SALUSEKI-
AFTER a few months of waiting, fans of Australia-based musician Larry Maluma are elated that his latest project entitled ‘Justice’ is finally out.
The new 10-track album has songs such as ‘Gather Around’, ‘Mizeezo Ibotu’, ‘Ndasika’, ‘Aisha’, and ‘Inside My Head.’
On this studio project, Maluma has worked with some of the best Australian musicians who include the likes of Vika and Linda Bull, Christopher Bekker, Jason Heerah, Nicky Bomba, Dorian West and Diesel, to name just a few.
As usual, the non-aging singer has continued to fuse in African roots reggae with an influence of jazz, soul and Jamaican.
It has been a creative and inspirational career for Maluma who intends to take his new album, Justice, to as many people as possible as he undertakes a music tour this year.
Maluma is an accomplished musician, composer and singer who sings in a combination of English and Zambian languages like Nyanja, Bemba and Tonga.
He adopts different music styles which he has used to blend his own brand of roots music.
Despite immigrating to Australia in the early 1980s, Maluma is still attached to Zambia as evidenced by his effort to keep Zambian roots music on course internationally.
His unique sound has put some of his songs at the top of the Zambian musical charts.
Locally, Maluma has previously won the almost defunct Born N Bred Awards organised by Zambia’s State radio and television broadcaster – ZNBC.
Maluma has broadened the Australian perspective of African music by releasing several albums with African rhythms with Justice being the singer’s 13th studio album.
The album also delves into social issues that are currently affecting millions of people globally such as mental health illness.