Covid survivor channels ordeal into music

By Rosalia David

MUSICIAN Lasarus Mvula will be releasing his third album titled ‘Survivor’ in March which he describes as a ‘firecracker project’ inspired by his experience in the hospital after he tested positive for Covid-19.

“This is the best album I have ever released.It consists of a mixture of genres to cater for everyone who loves music and it is all about how I survived death as I lay in the hospital for six days on a ventilator,” he narrated in an interview with Confidente.

He added that surviving Covid-19 did not only motivate him to complete his album but also humbled him to appreciate life.

On the ‘Survivor’ album, he featured musicians such as Neslow, Adora, Key, Alicia D-Kandjafa, Priscilla and Kuku Kandanga.

“The album has a fusion of afro and hip hop, amapiano and kwaito; a sound catering for all age groups.”

Asked on what is unique about his upcoming album compared to the previous ones, he said, this time around, he is going to deliver a more mature and original album.

With producers such as Arafath and Elvo on the production of the album, Mvula said music lovers can expect nothing but music that will keep them on their toes. He further mentioned that the initial plan was to release two albums on the same date with the other one titled ‘Affirmation’.

“Affirmation is also a good album that was supposed to come out together with Survivor but things didn’t work according to plan,” he explained.

Mvula last year released a single from his album titled ‘Silence’ which speaks on gender violence matters.

Back in 2019, he also released a book titled ‘Iyaloo’; a story about a young girl who comes from a poor background and aspires to live a luxurious life.