By Sam Banda Jnr & Rebecca Chimjeka:
Musician Faith Mussa said Monday it is an honour for him to collaborate with Christian reggae group Christafari and Avion Blackman from United States of America.
The group left the country on Saturday for Tanzania after holding two performances – a free show at Maula Prison in Lilongwe and then a paying concert at Sunbird Capital Marquee where they shared the stage with Faith and Sam Mjura Mkandawire, among other locals.
Faith said, apart from sharing the stage with him and other acts, the Christian reggae group thought of recording with him.
“We had to do it very fast and so I recorded my verse in their room at the hotel where we played vocals and the guitars. The rest of the song will be finalised in United States of America,” Faith said.
He said they recorded the song overnight and shot the video the following morning.
“The video and audio will be finalised in United States of America and we will release it soon,” the singer and guitarist said.
Faith, who last year travelled places and flew the country’s flag is also set to perform at Sauti za Busara Festival in Zanzibar, Tanzania, next month.
“While in Rwanda, they visited the Imigongo Arts Centre started by some women survivors of the genocide to support third families. This art is unique because they use cow dung (ndowe) and natural pigments to make paint and create very beautiful geometric patterns with it,” he said.
The ‘Mdidi’ star further said: “1 Corinthians 1:27 speaks about God deliberately turns useless things of the world to create something beautiful. Take a sinner and create His child”.
Faith said it is from this story that they decided to make a song titled ‘Imigongo’.
“So, we borrowed the Rwanda dialect, mixed with my Chichewa, and Christafari’s English to create this unifying tune that will be our collaboration,” he said.
Faith also said their managers are discussing a joint tour soon.
Faith’s manager, Samuel Chiwaka, said the arrangement of the song means that both parties will have full control.
“The group was impressed with Faith’s professional conduct, hence working with him. We are still discussing the tour and Mark the lead singer and their pianist produced the song,” Chiwaka said.
Meanwhile, Christafari and Avion Blackman has said it will continue preaching the world of God through reggae music in order to win many souls to Christ.
The group has promised to come back to Malawi come back.
Speaking on Thursday after their performance at Sunbird Capital Marquee in Lilongwe the group’s band leader Mark Mohr said they were grateful for the support they received from Malawians.
“I am happy with the support we have received from Malawians and this has made us to rethink of coming back,” Mohr said.
He said they were looking forward to partner churches for free-of-charge events in the three major cities of the country.
Mohr then apologised for not holding their last free show on Friday at Kalambo Ground, which was cancelled due to heavy rains.
Spokesperson of the organising team, Thokozani Chimbali, said yesterday the group wanted them to get another venue on Friday following the heavy rains.
“They actually insisted they wanted to perform and asked us to find another venue but, with the rains, it was very difficult. They are such a humble group and we will work on bringing them back and this time they are looking at holding more shows,” Chimbali said.
Christafari and Avion Blackman performed in the country courtesy of International Christian Assembly in conjunction with All Nations Music Inc.
From Malawi, the group formed in 1989, will perform in Tanzania and Kenya.
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