New gospel group emerges from Blantyre: The Trumpeters

A new gospel outfit, The Trumpeters, has emerged from the city of Blantyre and is set to take the gospel music industry by storm.

The Trumpeters, a six-member group formed in May, 2013, is slated to start recording their debut album next month, on 7th March, by Khathwa Aligiza at Joseph Tembo’s Alimoso Studio.

The group comprise of Mauya Msuku, Godfrey Phiri, Chikondi Mmangeni, Akeem Chaula, Sandress Honde and Falida Mmangeni, who come from different areas of the city.

Over the weekend, Nyasa Times visited the group’s training base in Kanjedza where it was established that the Trumpeters may be trying to revive old-timers Katawa Singers’ type of music.

New gospel group: The Trumpeters

New gospel group: The Trumpeters

But Msuku, who is the group’s director of programmes, ruled out the observation. While indicating that their music is a blend of both modern and traditional elements, he said The Trumpeters were original.

“We are not trying to adopt the singers’ style. Our music is original and if you look at our compositions, the songs have never been played before,” said Msuku, adding they were “too smart to be copycats”.

Recently, during a Pan African Songwriters and Composers meeting in Burkina Faso, it was observed that most Malawian gospel musicians were copycats who lack originality in their music.

Besides the revelation, listening to most gospel musicians in the country, their music sounds the same, with lyrical content that centers on the same themes.

But The Trumpeters, which according to Msuku are “message oriented”, are coming with a different style that will change the industry, and as a new group on the scene are buoyant of making a major break.

“While spreading the gospel, we want to run away from the current trend. We are here to blow the trumpet and reach out to many people with the type of music that will make a difference,” Msuku said.

The Trumpeters are expected to finish recording their yet-to-be-titled album early April. They are yet to determine when the album will be out on the market.

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