papa zai & nasty d

Nasty-D and Papa Zai performing at Bar Mendocino, Helsinki, 8th March, 2017. Picture: Mumba Chimpuku

“A feeling of getting back to where I started from.”

That is how musician Davies Gersom Ngoma a.k.a. Nasty-D describes his feelings after an intensive three weeks of working on his album in Finland.

“When you are younger in life you have so many dreams, and along the way sometimes you forget. This trip has awakened in me the dreams I had sometime back. Where I wanted to see things and especially my music. That’s where it’s taken me. I feel very young in spirit now. That sense of feeling fatigued with life, it’s all gone. I have a renewed vigour for doing the things I love with the people I care about.”

The journey to dedicating his life to music again has been long. Most of Nasty-D’s fans will remember him from his music released in 2010, such as the song ‘Mutungwa’ and ‘Shana’.

“I feel very young in spirit now.” – Nasty-D

Since then the man has been taking care of his family and running a business. With his wife’s blessings, Nasty-D decided to follow his heart and get back to music. That is how he contacted his old friend Izai-zai Yikona, a.k.a. Papa Zai, who also happens to be the Chairperson of the Finnish-Zambian Association, about his wish to come and record an album in Finland. Searching for a totally different sound quality.

Coming to Finland

Then came the surprise message: “I am coming to Finland on the 18th of February to record my album.”

Papa Zai got to work and called on his friends from his days with the Punky Reggae Band. Intense work by Tommi Ranta (sound engineering, bass), Theodor Sanneman (guitar), Arttu Muhonen (drums), Toni Puskala (drums), Jani Pietiläinen (guitar), Papa Zai (producer, keyboard, guitar, vocal harmonies) and obviously Nasty-D (vocals and percussions) paid off. A whole album was finished in three weeks at the Secret Lab Studio in Helsinki.

Joy and Fatigue

Three weeks later there are two exhausted but satisfied men with the final product in their hands. Well, at least a mouse-click away. The next project is to get the album out, which Nasty-D will start working on after returning home to Lusaka on the 11th of March. That is in case the airport staff strike at Helsinki-Vantaa airport, that happened to fall on the day of his departure, won’t cause any changes to the itinerary.

The two brothers had an emotional journey as old friends and both have found something from their past to remind them to keep following their dreams in music – and in life in general.

Text: Paula Paukku