Kenyan hit-music maker Madtraxx, after a series of chart topping singles over the years, has announced plans to release his first album next year.
He tells Capital Lifestyle that the debut collection will include “Skamares” and “Ita Waiter” among its 15 tracks.
“We’re hoping to have the album out by January. Its going to be a fantastic album and it also includes many collabos, with musicians like Navio, Zeus and Just A Band.”
Madtraxx also mentioned South African Spoek Mathambo and Ugandan songstress Keko as some of the artists he worked with on his album, titled AKA Madtraxx.
The announcement came on the sidelines of another pronouncement, of a deal between Madtraxx and Nigerian record Label Spotlyte.
Spotlyte is run by Nigerian big-boy Daniel Lloyd, an actor and talent manager.
“Spotlyte Records launched in April of this year. Madtraxx is our first signing in Kenya and we are hoping for many more. Our presence in Kenya is only the beginning. We intend to ensure that we give a platform to raise African music internationally. If Akon and D’Banj can be big around the world, why not other African artists?” he says.
Lloyd mentioned Kaz and Nonini as some of the artists they admire among many others on the local scene.
“A lot of Nigerian music is played here in Kenya and yet, although Kenyan music is good, it doesn’t feature in clubs back home. We’re hoping to change that, just by raising the profile of the music.”
Spotlyte’s involvement with Madtraxx will cover mainly the physical aspect, such as concerts and the like.
“I already have a deal with Rockstar4000, and they handle all digital sales for my records. This deal is different from that. It’s more about promoting my actual music and boosting my stage persona,” says Madtraxx, who has been put on a diet by Spotlyte.
Madtraxx is also signed to Red Republik, who still have rights over the videos they produce for the musician.
One such video – Ita Waiter (call the waiter) was released last week. It was shot with a camera strapped on the cameraman’s chest. What do you think of it?