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Clara makes strides in music

IN ACTION – Clara (right) performs with her dancers

Gospel musician Clara Rejoice Ngulube has described the launch of her two albums on Christmas at Robin’s Park in Blantyre as a courageous assignment.

Clara said she would have launched the two albums Ndikonda Mlungu and Pakhale Kusiyana long time ago but she has been struggling to raise funds.

“I didn’t know how it would pan out, being my first launch ever, but God made it possible. I got discouraged on the way but I had to remain positive and take that risk. I owe it to God,” she said.

Despite not managing to attract a huge audience, Clara said, being Christmas where people engaged in a lot of activities, she was satisfied with the turnout.

“I just want to thank fellow artists for the support and encouragement, relatives, friends and the audience for the support. The two albums are a gift to them on Christmas and the performance was also a Christmas present,” she said.

It was a perfect moment for Clara, who treated the audience to a number of songs from the two albums and she ended it on a high by dishing out songs such as ‘Kudziwike’ and ‘Yesu Adzakuwerenga,’ which people sang along.

The two tracks have enjoyed airplay in most of the local radio and television stations.

The album Ndikonda Mlungu, is a collection of hymns while Pakhale Kusiyana is a project with Ngulube’s own compositions.

Clara, whose performance was spiced up by a group of dancers, also received support from the audience during auction, with the highest bidder, getting it at K1.5 million.

“The support I have enjoyed today is exceptional and this has motivated me to do even more. I will give people more music next year and I am also looking at holding more concerts in other areas,” the Blantyre-based musician said.

The launch also saw performances from Allan Chirwa, Ethel Kamwendo Banda, Stevie Wazisomo Muliya and Ndirande Anglican Voices.

Muliya took over the stage soon after Ngulube and offered songs such as ‘Odala’ and ‘Chisomo’, a new song in which he featured Ndirande Anglican Voices.

But despite Ndirande Anglican Voices being present, Muliya performed the track on his own.

Ndirande Anglican Voices, led by Dennis Kalimbe, closed the curtain on the day.

On their programme, Ndirande Anglican Voices, which this year celebrated its 20th anniversary included songs such as ‘ Usalisinthe Dzina’ a title track for their new album to be released next year.

“We have enjoyed every moment and we are happy to have supported our sister Clara. For us, next year we are launching the new album and we are also looking at taking the 20th anniversary celebration to Lilongwe and Mzuzu,” Kalimbe said.

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