Celebrated musician Pastor Mlaka Maliro has dropped a new track titled ‘There’s No Wine’ off his 13th album The Risen King.
The track has created discussion on social media platforms as, once again, the musician, famed for the tagline Mlaka ndi Mlaka, has gone poetic with lyrics in the song as he has done with some of his songs in his previous albums.
The release of the track follows Mlaka’s resignation from Enlightened Christian Gathering Jesus Nations (ECGJN) church.
Mlaka, who was based in aSwatini but is now back in the country, said yesterday that he has just resigned as ECGJN pastor but not his calling as a pastor and that he wants to concentrate on music, having been out of the limelight for close to six years.
As a pastor, Mlaka sings in the reggae track which is in English and Chichewa, that he was on a pulpit ready to preach the word of God and tells the story in the Bible of Jesus Christ and his mother Mary when they went to a wedding reception and whilst there, Mary told her son Jesus that wine be depleted.
“They have no wine, vinyo watha, atsala ndi masanje, musaputsitsike palibe chilipo, musakomedwe ndi sweet talk mwana wanga chonde anthuwa vinyo watha,” Mlaka sings.
He sings further: Akuyenda mwa mdidi mbendera petu petu komatu vinyo watha nkanadziwa dzana lija Kenani munkanena anali wapachibale, nkanatsala konkuja nkumaphula njerwa nkumadya kamodzi…
The ‘Dzanja Lalemba’ star has maintained his reggae style in the track, which is his second the first one being ‘Permanent’ currently enjoying airplay on One Gospel and Trace Gospel.
“I am talking about how things are right now; on the political front, people are complaining that things are not okay on the ground and they needed someone to speak on their behalf,” Mlaka said.
He said delving into politics in the track was not that he was against any political party or leader or the government but “we just want things to be fine”.
“Amati wakutsina khutu ndi mnansi and so, where things are not right, we just want them to rectify these challenges otherwise we love them and this is why we voted them into power. We want them to fulfill what they promised,” Mlaka said.
He said spiritually as a man of God, he stands on the pulpit and preaches the word of God.
“This is what has entered into the church, or how the devil has entered into churches, most people are just following the crowd, some churches are small but God is still there and everywhere. The main point is to see people going to heaven and not being manipulated,” he said.
He said he was not singing about one church and that this was not because he was no longer a pastor for ECGJN.
“People are jumping from one church to the other because they are following something and not God and so, as a man of God, I know what I am talking about, the devil has blindfolded people; instead of seeking God, people are looking for things but we need to be looking for God of things,” Mlaka said.
He said the first version of the track was recorded in eSwatini but he re-recorded it at Skeffa Chimoto’s studio and that South Africa-based musician and producer Chris Kele played the guitars.
Having performed at a fundraising gospel show in Lilongwe recently, Mlaka is set to perform in Blantyre next weekend.
“I am yet to set dates for the launch of the album,” he said.
This is Mlaka’s third gospel album following up on Hosanna and He is Alive.
Some of his previous collections include Maloto, Musalire, Gologolo Pamtengo and Njododa..