BBC interview spurs Malawi gospel artist Mada Ngoleka

A rare television interview on the BBC Africa Service has given Malawian gospel artist a spring in her step as she pursues her dream of becoming a world-renowned artist.

The 18-year old was a feature artist on the BBC World Service where she talked about her music, challenges and the future. She also played her song ‘Chikondi’ live on set.

Speaking to Nyasa Times, Ngoleka said has received a great response from people around the world.

“More and more people from different countries are asking and anticipating my yet-to-be-released album early next year,” she said, noting that she is amazed by the response in light of the fact that she has not even released an album.

Malawi's new gospel catch teenage Mada Ngoleka.
Malawi’s new gospel catch teenage Mada Ngoleka.

Ngoleka said her music is different because it is inspired by God. “I’ve been given this gift by Him and He guides me when producing music.”

The artist is signed to Nde’feyo Entertainment, and says the intention is to use her music to bring as many people as possible to come to the knowledge of Christ through.

“My main focus is love, I want people to know about the authentic love they can have and encounter with Jesus the one true God through my ministry of music,” she said.

Born Madalitso Ngoleka on 9 June 1995, the singer, songwriter and guitarist was born in Malawi but moved to the United Kingdom at age of eight, where she was exposed to the indie genre of music.

Though still young, but the quest to be one of music stars, fired up the urged in Ngoleka who started reading music from an early age before she advanced the skills at Brampton Manor in London where she was doing her A-Levels, music being one of her subjects and the guitar her best instrument.

With focus and determination, the passion grew at the Springs of Life International Church in Essex, where her mother was a pastor.

Different styles of music as well as a strong presence in the church, helped shape her as a singer as well as a person. She recorded a five-song EP which included songs like Chikondi, Bright Side, Consuming Fire, Change and 70 Times 7.

The self-taught guitarist gem, who only returned to Malawi two years ago, says gospel music was a natural decision.

“It was simply a search for a unique way to give God back the glory for blessing me with the gift. I am grateful to God for this blessing and would encourage others to go for their dream.”

“I see myself as successful musician, who brings about the Word of God”.

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