Malawi Foreign Affairs Minister Peter Mutharika on Sunday surprised patrons to Great Angels Choir album launch when he bought the Ndiyende Bwanji DVD and CD at K200, 000.
Mutharika bought the album through Presidential Advisor on Religious Affairs, Reverend Billy Gama in a show that marked as a beginning of the journey for one renowned secular artist, Mlaka Maliro who switched to gospel music last year.
The show which was hugely patronized managed to raise K1.8 million through gate collections and DVD and CD auction.
Reverend Gama bought the album at K125, 000.00 and parliamentarian Sam Ganda bought it at K50, 000.00.
Peter Mutharika, the ruling DPP presidential candidate, has recently been making headlines by supporting various gospel artists apart from sponsoring football.
During the Sunday’s event, Mlaka mesmerized the audience when he performed three songs from his previous secular albums which include Abraham and Dzanja Lalemba.
Mlaka was one of the artists that were billed to curtain-raise the DVD and CD launch together with repentant George Mkandawire, Peter Sambo, award winning songbird Grace Chinga, Violet Tengani-Dumbe, Masintha and Chitsitsimutso choirs.
The Great Angels Choir is expected to hold other shows in Mzuzu at Katoto Secondary School on 1 April and Comesa Hall, Blantyre on 8 April.
In an interview one of the choir members Williams Zonda described the launch as superb and said it surpassed all the other shows the choir has held before.
“It was a large turnout and it was for the first time for us to control such huge crowd. We are grateful for the support Professor [Peter] Mutharika showed,” said Zonda.
Ndiyende Bwanji is Great Angels Choir’s third album following two other albums, Mundifungatile and Tigwireni Zanja, which contain a popular song Painendekha sindingathe.