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Keeping Grace Chinga’s mission alive

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Life cannot just get back to normal for Grace Chinga’s children. But then, after the gospel songbird’s death on March 16 2016, life has to go on for Chinga’s oldest son, who, while making a name as a producer and artist, is progressing in Business Management studies.

His sister, Miracle, has started making it big in music but she still needs support to proceed with her education.

Nevertheless, buoyed by other gospel artists in Malawi, Steve and Miracle have started making inroads in music and are set to launch an audio and video song from one of their mother’s albums. Grace did the songs before her untimely death last year, according to Steve.

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The aim, he said, is to raise funds for Miracle, who is about to go to college.

“I and my sister Miracle have struggled to hold shows and have had two tours aimed at raising money for the education of Miracle and Israel. We launched our mother’s Ndidzaulula album in different places in Malawi, including at Robin’s Park in Blantyre where the show went well and we managed to raise some funds.

“We launched it [the album] in Lilongwe as well. But the case was different in Mzuzu, where things did not go as planned because, despite a lot of people patronising the show, we did not get a lot of money,” he said.

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While the hope was that Ndidzaulura DVD album would rake in funds that would propel the education goals of the children, piracy is eating into the hopes of the children, who claim that the album has not been profitable because it is being duplicated illegally all over Malawi.

And, yet, album sales may help in the education of the children.

Apart from holding shows and launching their mother’s album, Steve has been working hard in his production studio so as to earn money to support the family.

“However, due to Escom’s load-shedding programmes, I have not been earning enough income.

“I have got two studios. One, which is actually in my house, is very useful in the production of my own music and the other one for is recording the works of other artists out there. Unfortunately, I have not been able to produce a lot of music because I had been busy preparing myself and my sister for the two tours we had. Escom’s load shedding has been a barrier to the business, hence affecting us in terms of raising money for the family,” he said.

The 22-year-old producer and musician, Steve Spesho—whose full name is Steve Fariq Sipehlo—says the family would welcome support from his fans and his mother’s fans, Miracle’s fans, saying they are ready to deliver on the music front.

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