Review: Malawi musician Namadingo keeps tight grip of stardom in Sinjenjemera video

I don’t claim to be a seasoned connoisseur of such matters, but in my many years working in the creative industries I have come to learn and appreciate  a thing or two about audio-visual production.

Namadingo music video

Namadingo music video

I  speak here not as a professional music video critique  but in my own personal capacity as a self appointed guardian of the arts and an appreciator and lover of good things: of the many great music videos to come out of the motherland in recent months, Patience  Namadingo’s freshly released  “Sin’njenjemera” has, raised the bar of music video production in Malawi to greater heights by far.

If you have not heard the song or seen the video yet, this piece of art is inspired by the many highly spirited and sometimes rather confrontational “critiquing” and/or attacks  (insert trials and tribulations here) on the professional and personal character of  the man of the hour, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, the Major 1 or Papa as he is fondly called by his followers.

The topic of the  inspiration for the track is no doubt an interesting source of content for discussion, but for objectivity’s sake, let’s look at the video based purely on its own merit and not on the question of which side of the battle lines it may be coming from.

On the audio side, the fusion of ethno music with elements of  Afro-soul Jazz creates a unique sound which places Namadingo in a  league of his own.

The  lyrical content and the competent use of an indeginous language in his delivery adds a distinct level of authenticity and maturity which is hard to come by in this copy- paste plagued industry.

The fact that this is all coming from  from one as young as he  is makes it all the more special.
His particular blend  of  contemporary youthful vocals  and a story  telling technique  that reflects the wisdom of the old makes the track palatable to both young and old alike.

The visuals are nothing short of phenomenal! Not to throw shade on where we are coming from or anything like that, but I am happy to say  good riddance to the days when “gospel” music videos were relegated to  substandard productions shot against the backdrop of round abouts etc.

Sin’njenjemera  has a creatively thought out plot which in my opinion resonates a great deal of thinking outside of the proverbial box. Four soldiers armed with nothing but their guitars and their faith are caught behind enemy lines but they manage to  successfully complete a mission set out for them by their commanding officers.

One would expect  more “angry” sounding music to  accompany this sort of plot  but  this particular video challenges that perception. Where one would assume that a more confrontational retaliative approach to the forementioned  “trials and tribulations”  would be taken, Sin’njenjemera  takes the high road.

Without  particularly offending anybody, metaphors and innuendos  are used on both the audio and visual delivery  to get  points across.
The individuals casted to portray the various characters in the story line are convincing. They  do a great deal of  justice to the roles that  they play.  I particularly like the fact that the viewers never really get to see the face of the highest ranking commanding .

The camera work is professional . The various shots are squeaky  clean but at the same time they capture a great deal of detail which adds a different element of depth to the production in its entirety.

Before seeing the credits, one can easily recognise  veteran videographer Peter Mazunda’s hand on this project. He deserves  a great pat on the back and whatever accolades go with it for a job well done.

Credit must also go to whoever was the fixer/location scout for this project. The locations chosen for specific shots are out of this world! What  I would like to know is was it all shot it the motherland?

Kudos must also go to the post production team for perfectly tying it all in  delivering a finished product that  makes me proud  to be a product of the Malawi creative industries.

That said, respect to Namadingo for  giving us a creative piece of art which not only transcends generations but can also  be appreciated by  lovers  of gospel and circular music alike whatever the distinction between the two may be.

  • The author is former Big Brother Africa housemate, a  journalist and television personality currently studying in United States of America. This review is taken off her Facebook wall   – Fatima WakuMalawi Uja – with her permission to post on Nyasa Times
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8 thoughts on “Review: Malawi musician Namadingo keeps tight grip of stardom in Sinjenjemera video”

  1. Diwadi says:

    A well written script and the song is on point

  2. chris says:

    been watching most vids to come out my home country Malawi but the truth be told Namadingo has proven to be the best on this one . This is a world class video , the 1st day I downloaded it I WATCHED IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN on repeat mode . We are tired of watching people showing how poor our they are on videos come on country man learn from this guy and change for the better . I feel proudly Malawian though I haven’t been there even once .

  3. Koula says:

    The song has soothing sounds but it has wrong motives in the message.Spiritual things are very tricky bcoz they deal with one’s heart not otherwise.

  4. Nalikongwe says:

    Namadingo ali bho!!
    You big brother Fatima ukufuna podyera miracle money eti. Bolani iwe siukupanga uhule ngati azinzako aja. Keep it up, major 1 akupatsa chithumba!
    kikikikiki

  5. Another Major 1 says:

    Fatima you write the same way you speak, professionally, objectively and with good command of English language! This is a good review of a good song and video.
    You are missing on TV these days! You are the only Malawian presenter who’s programs I have seen and followed on all the 3 major TV stations…MBC, Times TV and Zodiak. What are you studying in America?
    Add me on Facebook I have liked your page.

  6. Nabetha says:

    Nice video Namadingo! Well done.
    Admin kodi ku America ko Fatima yo akupanga study chani? Facebook yake ikuonetsa kuti amalemba za nzeru ndithu.
    Nyasa please talembani ka follow up ka ma Big Brother Africa representative a ku Malawi kuti tidziwe kuti akupanga chani panopa ndipo Big Brother inawapindulira bwanji.

  7. T-Nash says:

    Well done Patience Namadingo. This is a great video and this review could not have been said any better

  8. Stonard Likalamu says:

    Uku ndiye kulemba zomveka. Nyasa times, publish more from this lady osati zina zija mumalemba zija

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