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I am still the same artist, says Chrissie Kamthunzi

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The country’s Kenya-based veteran gospel singer Chrissie Kamthunzi said on Tuesday that she is happy to be back in the country after a long time and that she was still the same artist.

Kamthunzi, who jetted into the country, last Thursday said people should brace for nothing but the best when she launches her eighth album Angathe at Robins Park in Blantyre on Sunday.

“I know people still have doubts but Chrissie Kamthunzi has not changed. I am still the gospel singer they know, I haven’t lost touch. In fact I have kept on pushing and moving from one place to the other,” said the artist bubbling with smile.

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She said she has been active performing outside the country and that it was only in Malawi where it has taken her sometime.

“I have been holding performances outside the country and I have been active. It’s unfortunate that I could not make it to perform here but now here I am. All I can say is people should come in large numbers because it will be historical and special,” said the ‘Wokondedwa,’ creator.

Kamthunzi said the launch will also be special in that she will be celebrating 20 years in music since she turned solo.

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She said the new album is a continuation of the message from her previous albums adding that she will perform live backed by Malimba Band.

With Angathe, Kamthunzi said the message is all about exalting God that he is able and that he never fails.

“He is the only saviour and this song basically is an encouragement to people to believe in God that he is able and that no matter what they should not give up,” she said.

Kamthunzi observed that there is a bright future for music industry observing that musicians are working hard.

“There is potential, musicians are working hard and we just have to keep on. The music is making an impact in people’s lives,” she said.

Asked what has been her secret to be where she is today, Kamthunzi said prayer has always been her key and that she is always focused.

She then called on fellow musicians to work together, unite and refrain from working in isolation.

The other songs in her 10-track album which was first launched in South Africa are ‘Alemekezeke,’ ‘Nsinga ‘M’nadula,’ ‘Chibonga Chanu,’ ‘ Jobu,’ ‘Mchere,’ ‘Wandidzodza,’ ‘Woyera,’ and ‘You Are Lord.’

Her previous albums are Kuunika, Zikomo, M’khale Woyamba, Wokondedwa, Mbuye Wanga, Women of Africa and Asante Bwana.

Some of the artists spicing up her launch are Ethel Kamwendo Banda, Ndirande Anglican Voices, Ethel Kamwendo Banda, Allan Ngumuya and Eliza Kachali Kaunda.

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