Rizen Rizon aka R2 is one of the pioneers of Gospel Hip Hop in Zambia. He is back with a Banger featuring Mag44 called Bali. Bali is slang for father.
The song was engineered by Mag 44. The video was shot by Theophilus Mvula Of Traffik Pictures.
This is what R2 says about the song:
“We live in a country and continent where broken authority and absentee fathers is the norm. In Zambia, only 59% of children aged 0-17 years live with both parents, whilst only 4% live with their biological father (in cases where either the mother is deceased or divorced).
“Traditionally children and fathers were never close friends either. Growing up in such circumstances builds you up to fight, win and push for what you want. You become resilient and self-made. A Man/ woman of your own because you have never known the feeling of being taken care of by someone higher. We carry fatherless scars as we grow up and start families of our own.
“Life was a little interesting for those that had fathers. They had something to boast about especially if your father was a service man. Children would boast about how strong, big and mighty their fathers were. I grew up around kids whose parents worked for Zambian airways and they would boast about their family vacations and the treats they got whenever their fathers returned from overseas trips. To these guys their fathers were their pride and joy.
“The two scenarios: 1) where one grows up without a father and, 2) where one grows up with a father are what inform the concept around the song “Bali”- which is slang for Father. There is a need for us to realize, first, that there is someone we can run to when times get rough and we fail to handle what life has handed us. We do not have to go through this life alone.
“Secondly, we have a father who is more than capable to dig us out of any mess and be our source of life, joy and hope. While you may not have had this father-like cover, there is a better father who is worth boasting about. The kind that no father can match – God Himself.
“The biblical passage in Colossians 1:15-20, which talks about the Supremacy of God is the baseline for this song. Nobody beats Him at being big.”
Watch the video here: