Bantu Khamuladzi could as well been listed as dead and forgotten-all because of a prolonged break the group has undertaken. But under its darkened shadows of silence, a flicker of hope seems to gleam as one of its members, Wachituta takes it all solo.
Wachituta, a long time member of the group that once made headlines with its Afro hip-hop hit tune, Africa, has refused to be soothed into oblivion together with the group and insisted on maintaining the legacy.
Cool, there is nothing wrong with that, as matter of fact his decision seems to be paying off dividends following a release of his second solo album, Muchikondi ndi Mulungu.
After unsuccessful tempts to establish himself as solo artist through his debut album, Watuta Chani in 2008-same year he entered into holy matrimony-Wachituta has resurfaced with a second cut signifying how serious, passionate and devoted he is to melodies.
Muchikondi ndi Mulungu, a 12 track compilation paints a totally different picture of Wachituta as artist, setting him apart as an individual far from Bantu Khamuladzi’s heritage. It clearly justifies a four-year break he assumed since his debut.
The album set for a launch on April 1, 2012 at Warehouse in Blantyre, features the voices of Mafunyeta and Barry Gomonda in Anayambisa moni. It also has rap intellect Nameless of Keish and Bobo fame in a club piece, Tikazipepese.
And to hype up anticipation for the public release of Muchikondi ndi Mulungu, Wachituta has loped in services of reggae group, Black Missionaries and Skeffa Chimoto to curtain-raise the launch.
“This not a gospel album as the title suggests. It’s a normal album tackling various issues that are of importance to us. It’s an album that appeals to every person who loves music. But all in all the title shows how dedicated I am to my God and urge others to do same.
“People should expect fireworks at the launch. Am now training with a band and that’s an advantage. I want them to see a different Wachituta from the one they use to know from Bantu Khamuladzi. I feel people will not forget this album because there are a lot of exciting things to happen on that day,” said Wachituta.
Wachituta was, however, upbeat about his second album’s success, saying the response has been quite overwhelming with several tracks currently enjoying enough airplay on local radio stations.
“This is my second project as individual, I would like to give people the best that is why and planning to have a countrywide tour with my band so that they are able to sample out my stage performance and my music as well. Am also currently shooting videos of some songs I the album,” he added.
Muchikondi ndi Mulungu is a mix bag as it contains several general genres it which include reggae, afro-beat, club and traditional. It has been produced at Gomonda studio by Barry Gomonda and Wilfred Kapangule junior.
“All my songs are done in Chichewa as a deliberate move to have wide appeal. I want my fans to understand word by word in my songs that is why I did them in a language they understand best. On other side, as an African son, I would like to promote my language just as other artists of international repute do,” explained Wachituta.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :