Lilongwe-based artist Walusungu Kishombe is stealing the show in the country’s gospel circles with the release of his debut album whose title track, Balaam, revolves around the biblical figure – Balaam – refused to case the Israelites even though King Moab had given him money to do so.
The 11-track album is already enjoying massive airplay in the country’s radio stations, gospel artists and gigs despite only being released just two months ago.
“It is the inspiration in my music that will get everyone’s attention,” said Kishombe. “Personally, I am someone who is always inspired by the Bible, and so is my music.”
According to him, gospel music creativity should be inspired by the Holy Book.
“The difference between those into secular music and us is that we are preachers of God’s message present in the Bible and thus we should be inspired by the Bible,” said Kishombe.
Recorded at various studios for “uniqueness” the production of the album went through the tried and tested hands of celebrated gospel artists-cum-producers including Norman Phiri and Francis Chimasula.
“I did my home work in trying to make sure that the album is fully baked. Utmost I have engaged about three producers including Satana Usadzivute which was done by Wilbroad Msiska in South Africa,” he said.
A pensive Kishombe told Nyasa Times on Sunday that he was thankful to Malawians for receiving his music positively.
“I feel greatly encouraged. In fact, the reception is a challenge that I should do even much better,” he said.
Other songs in the album include Salichete, Tidzapindulanji, Muyende and Ndiye Mbuye Wanga.