eSwatini-based gospel musician and Pastor Mlaka Maliro has said his 13th album The Risen King, which he recorded live, is ready and that people will get to sample and buy the songs online by next week.
Mlaka said this was the first time he has recorded an album live, describing it as a change in his music with the aim of giving people something fresh.
“It is an album in which I have worked with talented musicians just to breathe in more life and some of the names I have worked with include Lulu, Chris Kele and Erik Paliani,” he said Wednesday.
He resurfaces with the 13th album after over six years of silence.
“We will upload songs in all online platforms and next week people can buy and download the songs,” Mlaka said.
He said he would launch the album in Malawi and eSwatini.
“Right now, I have already shot two music videos, one I shot in Malawi with VJ Ken whereas the other one I shot here in eSwatini,” the once secular artist said.
He said he planned to launch the album this year but he wanted people to listen to the songs, hence is targeting launching it in January next year or early February.
“But before that, I am also planning a listening session,” Mlaka said.
He described the album as rich in message and that it was all about having hope and faith in God and that “your situation today is not the end of your story.”
Some of the songs in the 10-track album include ‘Permanent’ featuring Ken Mlaka Maliro, ‘This is the Lady,’ ‘Umboni Wanga,’ ‘Wake Up My Lord,’ ‘Amazing God’ featuring Morgan Mlaka Maliro and Philip Mlaka Maliro and ‘No Wine’.
“Erik Paliani played the guitar in seven songs while Chris Kele did his magic in two songs and Lulu in one song,” he said.
Recorded and produced at Blue House Studios in Manzini, Mlaka also worked with other artists in eSwatini.
“It’s been so much work putting everything together and I am thankful to my family for their support and Enlightened Christian Gospel (ECG) eSwatini and all my spiritual leaders and all friends all over the world,” Mlaka said.
Better known as Mlaka ndi Mlaka, he said the release of his 13th album also signifies his comeback.
Mlaka is National Pastor under Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and is based in eSwatini.
This is Mlaka’s third gospel album, following up on Hosanna and He is Alive.
“I have been a gospel musician since the days of Dzanja Lalemba,” he said.
Some of Mlaka’s previous works include Maloto, Musalire, Gologolo Pamtengo and Njododa.