Scrolling through our YouTube channel on a Friday afternoon, we came across one song titled “Katakwe” that featured ExQ. Interested to find out if this was our very own ExQ, we clicked the play button and wow we were captivated!!! Sooner than later our curiosity was diverted from the “Nhema” hitmaker to the beautiful songstress that dominated the song. The sensual vocals fused to the catchy Afrobeat were more defined from the usual sound we are used to. With her true Malawian style and inimitable attitude, there is no doubt Hazel Mak is claiming her place in the African continent, and we cannot help but notice in admiration.
In case you are still wondering who we are talking about; Hazel Mak is an award-winning recording artist from Malawi who is currently based between ‘The Warm Heart Of Africa’ and the United Kingdom.
Over the past few years, she has become one of Malawi’s most decorated artists of note. In 2018 she grabbed the Best African Act in Diaspora Award at the All Africa Music Awards for her track ‘Jaiva’ which features Zambia’s Roberto and Tay Grin, becoming the first Malawian to win an Afrima. She is one of three Southern African acts to have won at the ceremony in 2018 (other artistes being Shekinah and Nasty C – both from South Africa).
The Malawian star has collaborated on with a number of artists (besides ExQ) including our very own Mr. Kamera on a track titled Kumutu, an up-tempo Afro-house track.
Her reputation precedes her, as she has shared the stage with heavyweights in the likes of Tine Tempah, Black
Motion, Lady Zamar, Prince Kaybee, Ammara Brown, Oliver Mtukudzi, Sauti Sol, Micasa and Freshly Ground.
Not only is Miss Mak an award-winning singer, but she is also the founder of a women’s empowerment platform called Malawian Girls Rock a platform that focuses on empowering young women through providing a safe space for them to discuss issues that affect them; issues such as Forced/Child Marriages, Education and Career mentorship.
Hazel Mak is currently working on her sophomore album ‘Artsy’ with producer Sonye and it is set to be released in 2020. Promising her fans the songstress guaranteed the album will be worth the with unexpected features, songs that are personal and heartfelt. “I want the album to be as creative and “artsy” as possible…with hints of Malawian traditional sounds but also modern at the same time. For the first time in my career, I feel that I am ready to give what my fans have been asking for; I finally have something to say.” said the singer.
With the artistic path she is creating, there is no doubt she is a firm representation of the modern African empowered woman. Malawi should stand proud as she continues to raise their flag up.
For more on Hazel Mak, you can go to www.hazelmakmusic.com or