By Sam Banda Jnr:
Alleluya Band top three members of band leader Paul Subili and his vice Gertrude Naluso alongside former band leader Coss Chiwalo have compiled the best of some of their songs.
The collection titled The Best of Coss Chiwalo, Paul Subili and Gertrude Naluso has 12 songs and according to Subili, it is a gift to people as part of Alleluya Band’s 40 years anniversary celebration.
“As a group, we have come a long way, people have been there for us and we thought the best gift to give to the people was to compile some of the songs from our previous albums,” Subili said.
The collection has seen the trio contributing four songs each.
Subili has contributed ‘Ndiwe Mbambande’, ‘Ndisamaleni’, ‘Tigwire Mtengo Wanji’, and ‘Taononga Dziko’, while Naluso has ‘Beautiful’, ‘Dzuka Iwe’, ‘Amunanga’, and ‘Changu Changa’.
Chiwalo, who has been in the music circles for close to 30 years and has released over six albums has contributed songs such as ‘Ukandikonda’, ‘Afisi aku Ntcheu’, ‘Muzithandizana’, and ‘Dalitsani a Chuma’.
“Most of these songs were done long time ago so we thought we should revisit some of them and give them to the people to enjoy. Some of these songs actually were on tapes and, with technology, people will now get them on CD,” Chiwalo said.
In the past years, Chiwalo was vibrant in terms of releasing albums but he has been out of the limelight despite releasing a spiritual album with Roman Catholic hymns last year.
“I should admit that it’s been sometime since I released an album but let me assure fans that I have songs for the new album. But what happens is that as Alleluya Band we are occupied with different projects and end up putting on hold plans to release albums. But this year people should brace for albums from me, Alleluya Band as well as other members of Alleluya Band,” Chiwalo said.
Naluso said Alleluya Band will continue to give people the much needed entertainment through music and that they are ready to be hired by everyone.
“We are open to perform in different platforms except in political platforms. We are a band that is for everyone and that is why we are always thankful for the support,” she said.
The band recently represented Malawi and Africa at the World Youth Day in Panama where they held two performances.
This was not the first time for them to participate in the World Youth Day as, in the past, they have also starred in Italy, Germany, Australia, Spain and Poland.
Formed in the 1978 spearheaded by Fr Mario Pacifici and Paul Banda, the group, which has produced several musicians, is set to perform in Italy.
Alleluya Band leaves the country in June for Italy where they will stay for three months holding over 28 shows.
The performances in Italy are part of raising funds for different development projects in Balaka.
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