Today was released the new single “UKA UKALILELE?” by Yvonne Mwale & Slapdee.
Yvonne Mwale teamed up with Zambian hip-hop legend Slapdee to address a social grievance that has major societal implications – especially in many African nations. “Uka Ukalilele?”, translated as “Are you still asleep?”, is actually more than a wake-up call.
The song is about a very sensitive topic. While in many places women and initiatives for women’s rights are working to achieve more equal rights and to become more self-reliant and independent as human beings, in some areas and social strata the development is unfortunately going in exactly the opposite direction.
Many young women in Zambia have only an incomplete education and have never learned a trade. These circumstances make it difficult for them to take care of themselves.
Again and again one can observe how these women therefore enter into a “friendship” with older men, through which they receive financial security.
Not infrequently, these affected women are forced by dependence to provide sexual services in return, so as not to lose their economic advantages.
Yvonne says: “With this song I want to make a statement and encourage young women to take their lives into their own hands and build something that will secure them a more stable future. And I’m grateful that Slapdee shares this attitude with me and was willing to record this track with me.”