Former Musicians Union of Malawi (Mum) President and renowned gospel musician Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango has collaborated with CoolPro Empresses, in a remake of Nigerian gospel singer Sinach’s hit ‘Way Maker’.
The song which is in reggae has seen Rev Mhango breathing in the song some Chichewa lyrics as well as playing backing vocals.
CoolPro Empresses is made up of Empresses Bree Ice and Amoy.
The track produced by Felix Ziyade has already hit the market and according to CoolPro Director Duffy Chikakuda, they were happy with the feedback they have got so far.
“We have taken a new direction, we want to change the mindset and we are bringing roots reggae to gospel music. There are a number of projects we are working on and the first week of October we will be releasing another collabo with Ethel Kamwendo Banda,” Chikakuda said.
The hit ‘Way Maker’, is a contemporary worship song written by Sinach and released as a single on December 30 2015.
The song has been covered by a number of Christian music artists including Michael W Smith.
The song was embraced heavily when Sinach performed in the country.
Mhango of the ‘Titemwanenge’ and ‘Linda’ fame, who has been out of the limelight in terms of releasing new songs, said the track was all about blessing and encourage people during this time when the world is battling Covid-19 pandemic.
“It is not only Covid-19 pandemic, there are so many challenges that people are facing and Covid-19 pandemic is one of the major ones but what we are saying is that people should not despair and start to question the power of God. He is still on His throne as God and He is still working,” he said.
Rev Mhango said he decided to work with CoolPro Empresses “because they have proven to be one of the best reggae outfits in the country”.
“When you are doing an international cover which is already popular, it would be suicidal to compromise the standards. My friendship with Mr Duffy, the promoter also enhanced the idea,” he said.
The former Mum leader also said this was a serious introduction to his coming back to serious music productions.
“Soon when Covid-19 pandemic slows down, people will see me back on stage in a different way. Through this song, we also just wanted to show that music is dynamic. Despite my style of music, I have always been a fun of reggae,” Rev Mhango said.
He said there was a lot in his music tray including opening a recording studio in October.