]Veteran Balaka music legend Charles Sinetre has veered off the familiar track, taking an unfamiliar route in his new album in which he advises the Malawi nation to utilize the resources at her disposal in order to be self-reliant.
The out-spoken, London School of Music trained musician says his new album Malawi Googler is aimed at raising awareness about how the country can sustain itself if it took care of its natural resource such as the lake, land and wildlife.
Adopted from the online search engine Google, the album is sixth on his credit and searches for the role of the Internet in Malawi’s quest for development.
“The overall feeling is that we always have is to depend on other countries or resources from other countries whereas those countries use the same resources that we have to be what they are,” Sinetre told Nyasa Times of the album that he launched last month assisted by his former band Alleluia Band.
But the musician, who trades as the Reggae Ambassador, said reggae remains his genre of choice.
“I am a reggae musician although I fuse with a couple music styles like traditional,” he said.
Sinetre has been out of the music scene since the 2003 release of Saulo.
He attributed the decade long absence to the fact that he did not want to release a rushed album.
“It has been a long time indeed but I have been busy compiling this album. I did not want to stay silent for a long time and release something which is not worthy listening to. So I hope people are enjoying this album and I am sure they will appreciate my silence,” he said.