Here’s a nice piece from George Kaufela, co-presenter of our weekly radio show on Zambezi 107.7 fm. George has a single on release with Roberto at the moment called ‘Took You’ and a great track it is too! George writes:
“Since he kick started his musical career in 1996, Robert Banda has been known in the entertainment industry as Roberto and is probably one of Zambia’s finest exports. Roberto is a striking force in Zambian entertainment as an artist, drive time radio presenter on Zambia’s Radio QFM, producer, script writer, qualified computer programmer and CEO of BrathaHood Music.
Roberto currently has his third studio album called ‘My Name Is…‘ on the market, released on 3rd September 2012 and in stores nationally in Zambia and other parts of Southern and Eastern Africa.
This album has a cocktail of diverse sounds, hosting collaborations which bring sounds from all over Africa. The artists who are featured represent countries such as Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Nigeria as well as Zambia itself. All the tracks were written and produced by Robert apart from ‘Mvela Mushe’ featuring Adora which was produced Maj Beats in Nambia.
This is a project which has been 3 years in the making and when asked to describe the album by one online blogger, Roberto said the album “is a very personal album to me, as it brings out stories of situations I have gone through and witnessed through the years.” So far in his career, Roberto has travelled widely across Africa and also managed to include a trip to Europe at the start of 2012. Roberto travelled to Uganda to collaborate with Allan Toniks, where together they produced a smash hit single ‘Swag Meter’.
Other countries that Roberto has visited for major performances are Botswana, South Africa, Rwanda, Nigeria and Kenya where he went under invitation for the MTV Base Awards in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
2012 saw Roberto Travel to London where he had a successful tour launching the third single from the album ‘Osanisiya So’ featuring Young Riko (Brathahood Music). ‘Salaula’ had been the most successful single until the fifth single ‘Good Woman’ was released on the same day as the album. ‘Good Woman’ has dominated East and Southern African stations with heavy rotation in Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Botswana. In Nigeria, Good Woman has peaked number one on The Beat 99.9FM and Rhythm radio stations. The song has also been aired in Canada, Jamaica, Australia, Czech Republic and Denmark.
‘Good Woman’ is a self confession song that has captured the hearts of music lovers across the globe and officially cemented Roberto as a fast rising African super star. All his fans eagerly await the release of the video to accompany the song which is taking the world by storm. Due to popular demand by Roberto’s worldwide fans, the ‘My Name Is…’ album will be available on sale online very soon. Upon the success of ‘Good Woman’, Roberto has now been tipped to perform with some of hip-hop and r and b’s greatest stars.”