If it was a litmus test for one Mlaka Maliro then one would say he successfully made it through to the gospel music world after effectively curtain-raised for Great Angels Choir Ndiyende Bwanji DVD and CD album launch in Lilongwe recently.
Maliro was incorporated in the choir’s music performances, in what looked like a marketing gimmick. But if it were such, then the choir had its calculations correct as the Dzanja Lalemba hit-maker did not disappoint.
He helped the choir amass a huge turnout that has never happened in its music history. And he did had a wonderful performance of which Blantyre, over the weekend, should brace for as the Kamandidusadusaartist leads the list of other curtain-raisers in another Great Angles Choir concert.
The choir is expected to launch the Ndiyende Bwanji DVD and CD in Blantyre at Comesa Hall on Sunday in what Mlaka said will be ‘great show’.
“It is going to be a great show. As you know this will be my second gospel performance. In Lilongwe I had awesome show, the crowd was supportive one thing I can’t take for granted. And now I will continue where I stopped. Blantyre fans should expect nothing but impressive performance,” explained Mlaka Maliro in an interview with Nyasa Times.
However, he was quick to point out that just like in Lilongwe; Blantyre patronage should not expect any new songs but some of his old spiritual tracks from several secular albums he produced.
“I will do some of my old songs because currently am in the studio working on my debut album as gospel artist, therefore it is impossible that I will do the new songs as the album is not finally done. I am currently remaining with two songs to finish the album coming out any time soon,” he said.
Mlaka Maliro had extraordinary welcome when he was unveiled by Great Angels Choir in Lilongwe a week ago. And he is set to feel the warmth of Blantyre gospel pundits as curtain-raises the Ndiyende Bwanji DVD and CD launch together with repentant George Mkandawire, Evance Watsopano Meleka, Peter Mlangeni, and singing sensational Grace Chinga, among others.
In its shows in Lilongwe and Mzuzu respectively, the choir had a mammoth patronage and if its music were bird-flue then the two cities should be quarantined by now as the turnout was immeasurable.
“Great Angles Choir has not performed in Blantyre for long time and we hope people will come out in large numbers after missing us on stage for sometime. This show is also a thank you to our fans in Blantyre who have been supporting,” said the Choir’s executive member Williams Zonda.
Zonda said they cherished Mlaka’s presence in Lilongwe and hoped he will have similar impact as he strives to establish himself as gospel artists.
Ndiyende Bwanji is Great Angels Choir’s third album following two other successful albums, Mundifungatile and Tigwireni Zanja, which contain a popular song Painendekha sindingathe.