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Music answers a heel call

Written by  David Kapezi

Music wears a fresh pair of heels as a new Afro-pop diamond surfaces from the rough intent on taking shimmering steps up the urban music ladder.

Hilco Hilco

Real name Hilda Ulolo but simply calling herself Hilco, the latest female artist to emerge from the depths of Malawian talent has released three songs as her musical prologue.

Cheke Cheke, Ekizakitile and Ndalema were recorded two months ago within a two-week period and represent just the first chapter to what the artist hopes will be a storied musical journey.

“The first song I released is Cheke Cheke which chronicles a story about a girl vowing to never leave her guy no matter what happens,” she explained.

“Ekizakitile is quite similar but it centres on a woman appreciating her man’s ability to do exactly what she asks or expects of him, while Ndalema talks about a lady who’s tired of the broken promises her guy makes plus all the bad stories she hears about him.”

The softly-spoken hummingbird says she draws her inspiration from a gifted songstress who once illuminated the local music scene with a flash of her vocal brilliance before suddenly going AWOL.

“It’s Kalista, the one who sang Nihambanawe and Pangano who inspired me to do music and take it seriously,” she disclosed.

“Pangano was my favourite among the two songs, i just loved the song and Kalista inspired me to have the mentality that I too can reach the heights that she once did. That’s how I started working hard and here I am.”

Hilco, who is currently working with Chirimba-based Martrix Records and Red Disc Records, revealed she recently finished recording a new song titled “Khonfotabo” which is due for release soon.

“Khonfotabo sees a girl telling her guy that she doesn’t mind his drinking and womanising lifestyle as long as he finally comes home and gives her some good, sweet loving.”

The 20-year-old female artist shared her immediate intentions for her music, starting with the songs she has recorded and released thus far.

“Right now I’ve just given out the tracks to various radio stations. I just want people out there to know that there’s this artist known as Hilco who can actually sing,” she said.

“I’ve not yet started performing on stage but it’s my hope that once people appreciate my music I’ll start making rounds at several urban music shows.”

The self-sponsored singer said she is currently working on shooting music videos to Cheke Cheke and Ekizakitile, a project she hopes will be done by the end of June or early July.

You can download Cheke Cheke at or Ekizakitile and Ndalema at

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