Mlaka Maliro returns with 13th album
eSwatini-based gospel musician Mlaka Maliro has resurfaced after over six years’ silence in the musical landscape and is set to release his 13th project titled The Risen King.
The artist, who used to do secular before he turned born again, announced this on his Facebook page.
The news has since excited people, with many commenting on his Facebook page that they had missed him in the musical arena.
Mlaka said Sunday The Risen King has been recorded with a live band at Blue House Studios in eSwatini and that it has a combination of eSwatini and Malawian acts in the production including renowned singer and guitarist Erik Paliani.
“This is strictly gospel but it’s the type of gospel which people have known me with all these years. The songs basically have stories of encouragement to the lost and hopeless souls. No comfort comes not from man but God alone,” he said.
Running with the tagline of Mlaka ndi Mlaka for his sound, the musician said, listening to new artists on the market, he has observed that something is missing from the current generation.
“I have appeared and I am here not to compete with anyone else but just to fill my gap. It has taken me this long to come up with the new album due to pressure from my new God-given assignment which is pastoring God’s congregation,” he said.
The artist has also featured his children Phillip, Ken and Morgan in the songs as part of giving them wings to fly.
“I can foresee great talent in them. They have sung in some verses not just backing,” he said.
Mlaka said Risen King is a 10-track album which has a combination of English and Chichewa songs.
Currently head of all Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) churches as National Pastor under Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and based in eSwatini, Mlaka said he will launch the album in the four cities of the country.
“I am open to sponsors, well-wishers and those interested in supporting me in the launches.
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 collections include Maloto, Musalire, Gologolo Pamtengo and Njododa.
Mlaka described his return as a comeback, which fellow veteran Ben Mankhamba has since applauded as he also recently announced his comeback.