TWO endorsements, two albums and a head-banging single: Malawi’s Big brother Amplified contestant, Lomwe, is riding high on the fame and opportunities gained from being on the show.
The radio and club DJ who stunned ladies both in and outside the Big Brother house with his candy-coated charms and good looks is soon to release his first studio album, titled Double Wowza with award winning rapper, Zeus who represented Botswana in the house. The first single from the soon-to-be-launched album, the title track Double Wowza is currently receiving a lot of attention from fans across Africa. Twitter has been buzzing with praise since the release of his new single.
“Wowza was slang I liked to use in the BBA house and Zeus caught on to it and soon other housemates too, it just means a big WOW. I had the beat and we recorded in Botswana when I was invited to deejay at a fashion party. We took the opportunity while I was there to record two songs and we also shot the video for Double Wowza,” Lomwe enthused.
The album features the exceptional Namibian producer, Becoming Phil. “We worked with a Namibian producer on Double Wowza on a track called The love, the hustle.” The Double Wowza album will be launched this month in Malawi and then Botswana. Lomwe also hopes to bring his music to Namibia. “The launch is 28th April and hopefully we can get a booking in Namibia.”
Lomwe’s recently released mixtape, License to kill, is a testimony to changes in his life since Big Brother. “License to Kill is my new mixtape. The theme is James Bond. It’s all about my experience since Big Brother up till now,” he says.
Lomwe is currently hosting a show on Malawi’s FM 101, but will soon be based in South Africa.“I am doing a temporary show at FM 101 called ‘The Double Wowza Show’ to promote the launch, after which I will be based in South Africa. I have signed a management deal with an international agency based on SA.”
His life since Big Brother has been promising and gratifying as he has been endorsed by both The Ministry of Tourism in Malawi as well as by the UNDP. “The Malawi Ministry of Tourism for the first time decided to endorse a BBA former house mate, because they felt it made sense having represented the country on an international platform. We have worked hand in hand to invite other house mates to Malawi for International events, like the Lake Of Stars International Music Festival held every year at Lake Malawi,” says Lomwe.
He continues: “I was also approached by the UNDP to be an ambassador for their 10th anniversary of the International Year of Volunteerism (IYV+10). The work involves going to colleges and speaking to students about the importance of volunteer work and how much it contributes to global development, especially in Third World countries.”
Even though he lost the Big Brother prize money to Karen of Nigeria and Zimbabwe’s Wendell, Lomwe says being on the show was momentous despite the fact that he walked away empty-handed. “It’s definitely worth it for me. I knew just being on that platform was enough to propel me in my entertainment career. Mostly I wanted to make a brand name that I can take out of the house and get work. The money would have been a bonus,” Lomwe concludes.