For long time local gospel music has been viewed as just a recital of bible verses with slight interpretation of the scriptures, nothing else. Only few artists embraced the desire to turn it into a pinnacle of inspiration; foster love and instill hope and happiness. And San B is in that assemblage.
While majority might regard his conversion into gospel music as a boo-boo, but San B has, over the years, proven to withstand the wavering tides while retaining his composure and creativity through Hidden Angels and Acceptability albums- released so far as gospel artist.
The two albums have not been a disappointment but instead- especially Acceptability-brought him closer to his vision while confounding his critic and fans alike with tracks like Mbali and Evison Matafale’s cover Chauta Wamphavu featuring Nepman and Young K.
With lyrics ever rich in metaphor and life lessons, surely gospel music fanatics most importantly Honjo darlings must be salivating for his latest nine-track album “Vision” set to be officially out in April.
Heralding the release of the album, San B born San Bennet Msokera has dished out a single ‘Nsanje’- audio and video. The song mirrors the artist’s vision of a Christian fraternity that is bound by the scriptures, and is free of envy.
“Most people would love to have everything for themselves. But being Christians, we need to practice the spirit of sharing just as the Bible commands. As Christians we should have heart of giving,” said San B.
“Envy has been one of factors failing us as Christians and as a nation. We can only develop as a nation and grow as Christians if we manage to eradicate envy amongst us.”
Nsanje, part of the nine-tracks Vision album coming out in April, has been produced by Robert Nero of Polyvibes Studios in populous Ndirande Township while the video currently available on malawimusic.com and Youtube was directed by Kay Kay.
“I started working on this project in August last year. All songs in the album have been produced at same studio. The album contains three English songs and the other six are done in Chichewa. We expect to launch it once plans have been finalized on venues and other logistics.”
Some of the songs in the album include ‘Mwai’ a Katelele Ching’oma’s cover and ‘Nkhwangwa’ featuring hip-hop artist Matse.
“I regard them (Ching’oma and Matse) as musicians and feel their talent fits in well with the message. It’s a matter of the message and not the person. Therefore I don’t see any problem having secular artists in my album,” added San B.
Asked about his experience so far as gospel artist, San B smilingly responded: “It has been a journey and the graph is scaling up. I hope of leaving a mark with my music.”
Vision is San B’s third album and is expected to be sold through Puma Service Stations across the country.
San B made a name in early 90s as secular artist with his fusion of dance hall and local music genres, particularly Mganda from Malawi’s Central and Northern regions. It is from this fusion that San B created a new genre that he calls Honjo.
Now he is using his musical talent to spread the gospel, San B is one of the most prolific leaders of the conscious reggae movement in Malawi.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :