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Faithful faith

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Adversities. Triumphs. It is part of the game.

Look at Faith Mussa, once a member of the Mussa Family— a family grouping, of course.

He set out on his music journey on a humble note, learning, one thing at a time, until he felt he had learned enough.

Those must have been enjoyable days; being a member of a group that was famous at the time.

Even in darkness, or when beaten by cold weather, Faith could still bask in the sun of the family group’s fame.

For starters, it was not easy to find that, all of a sudden, one’s song was enjoying airtime on State-run Malawi Broadcasting Corporation.

More so because the music scene was replete with artists worth their salt.

Against such a background, the Mussa Family could brag that it had its fair share of airtime.

That says it. The group was no pushover in its own right.

It must have been burdensome to walk with the public eye on you. Especially for little Faith, who was a boy then. Not that Faith is the only one I know in the family. I once crossed paths with her in the course of duty.

That must be four or five years ago, when the government rolled out a then new curriculum. Now, the government had been bragging that it had made the books available to all schools.

The nosy journalist I was, I embarked on a tour of secondary schools in the Southern Region, thanks to the foresight of The Sunday Times [Times Group, in short], whose editors sponsored my trips.

I visited Blantyre (Soche Hill Secondary School), where I saw Faith’s mum for the first time. She was the head teacher, Machinga, Mangochi, Balaka, Chiradzulu, Mulanje and Thyolo. My job was simple: cross-checking. I wanted to know if textbooks were, indeed, there.

Anyway, Soche Hill Secondary School had one of two issues with me. And, as such, she came to Times Group offices in the company of other education officials.

Well, I felt good, being visited by her and others at Times Group. They did not come for my colleagues but me.

I could not believe that I was that important.

In the lounge at Times Group, I kept asking myself: Is this, sitting in this room with me, the famous Mussa Family member? How times change. Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!Ha!Ha!

Enough of this. The truth is that whatever sun-of-fame Mussa Family basked in, Faith enjoyed it as much as others.

It was a moment of triumph, I would say.

Then adversity came. Mussa Family group disappeared into thin air, not to be heard of again.

But, then, omwa tiyi adzamwanso.

Today, Faith has remained faithful to music— of course, not as part of Mussa Family [group].

And, after sailing in the doldrums on his own, things are paying off. Faith has been to places in Europe. He has performed at festivals.

Just this week, news flickered in that he is bound for Denmark and Norway, where he is set to perform.

While other musicians dream of a dream they will visit Mozambique by bus, Faith talks in a language only those who board aeroplanes understand. Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!Ha!Ha!

After adversity, triumph is the only natural course of the river-of-life.

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