Great Angels unveils Mlaka in gospel fiesta

Mlaka: To make maiden gospel performance

Finally the nation has been accorded an opportunity to watch live on stage new Mlaka Maliro -now gospel artist- when he headlines the DVD and CD launch for Great Angels Choir stating this weekend.

Great Angels Choir is set to launch its third DVD and CD Ndiyende Bwanji on Sunday at Sheaffer Marquee in Lilongwe before taking it to Katoto Secondary School, Mzuzu on 1 April and Comesa Hall, Blantyre on 8 April.

The choir has roped in once renowned secular artist, Mlaka who announced his switch to gospel last year. Mlaka will be part of the curtain-raisers, which will include repentant George Mkandawire, Peter Sambo, award winning songbird Grace Chinga, Violet Tengani-Dumbe, Masintha and Chitsitsimutso choirs.

It will be first performance for the Maloto hit-song wonder as gospel artist, and the nation is more than expectant to sample out the cooking of now born-again Mlaka.

Williams Zonda of Great Angels said the DVD and CD launch would be a way of welcoming Mlaka into mainstream gospel music.

“This is the moment we will welcome Mlaka Maliro as gospel musician. Of course he has done some gospel tracks in his previous albums but then he was secular artist, and now since he has given himself fully to God, this is the moment we take him seriously and regard him as one of us,” Zonda told Nyasa Times.

“His presence during our album launch is something we will cherish for life time. This is his first time to perform on stage as gospel artist and we expect people to be thrilled by his songs. He has been one of top selling secular artists in the country, no one could dispute that,” explained Zonda.

Zonda said they expect Mlaka to be part of the launch tour in all the country’s three regions, adding the artist has pledged to perform for free.

Ndiyende Bwanji is Great Angels Choir album following two other successful albums, Mundifungatile and Tigwireni Zanja, which contain a popular song Painendekha sindingathe.

Mlaka switch to gospel music follows footsteps of other secular artists in the likes of San B, Geoffrey Zigoma, Ethel Kamwendo-Banda, Ian Mandede Lizi and Evance Meleka who have joined the elite of gospel musicians.

Some weeks ago Mlaka, together with other secular artists, was controversially involved in verbal war with some Music association of Malawi (MAM) when they demanded game bonuses for Big Bullets and musicians fundraising match.

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