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Moda speaks on debut album

FLASHBACK – Moda (right) performs during a show at Club 24/7 in Zomba

Moda Fumulani, brother to the late Gift Fumulani, will this weekend write a new chapter in his music career as he is set to launch his debut album Respect Gift Fumulani.

The musician has been performing his brother’s songs in most of the shows.

“I should admit that it has not been easy, if I did not have patience I could have just gone forward to record songs without proper preparations. But music is something that is demanding and you have to make sure you are ready before coming out,” he said yesterday.

He said performing his brother’s songs during shows gave him experience.

The 10-track album has songs such as ‘Munthu Nchirombo’, ‘Nthiti Yanga’, ‘Konza Moyo Wako’, ‘Msilikali’ and ‘Ndizaimba’.

“They are all reggae songs with powerful messages focusing on love and other issues,” he said.

Despite naming his album Respect Gift Fumulani, Moda said there was no song titled ‘Respect Gift Fumulani’.

“I just decided to give it the title to give respect to Gift, who made me what I am today in music. Without him, I could not have reached this far. He opened the doors for me and, so, I thought the best way was to respect him by naming the title in his name,” Moda said.

The late Gift was talented and gained respect in the music industry and his songs continue to enjoy airplay.

“I never played with Gift on stage, I think he could have been happy to see me today if he were alive. The times we worked on music together I was young. I had a box guitar I used to play and then he would listen while also working on his own songs,” Moda said.

He, however, said his brother did not want him to go to the studio and record his music despite having some songs.

“He was against me going to studio to record; to him, he felt it was not yet time. He used to tell me that I should not rush and he was right because this is the right time for me to have my album on the market,” Moda said.

He further said that during the time his brother was admitted at Mtengoumodzi, he once told him that he wished he had performed with Black Missionaries.

“He wanted me to perform even one song with Black Missionaries but that never materialised until he passed on in 2008,” Moda said.

The album has been recorded at Felix Ziyade’s studio in Machinjiri, Blantyre, Chawala Records owned by Peter Amidu and YM Studio owned by Uzzy Uganda.

The album will be launched tomorrow at Pa Zinziri in Blantyre before moving to M1 Centre Point in Lilongwe on Saturday.

“I am still learning despite moving that long journey which has seen me starring with Wailing Brothers and Black Missionaries. I have learnt a lot during these escapades but now I am back with Black Missionaries. I just want to call upon people to come in large numbers and support me,” he said.Moda said he will be working hand in hand with his brother Arnold Fumulani.

“Going forward, we will be releasing songs together, in this album Arnold has contributed two songs but going forward we will be having five songs each. Let me take this opportunity to thank Mr Lawrence Nyirongo of Hillside Lodge in Mponela for the support,” he said.

Some of the artists set to spice up Moda’s album launch in Blantyre and Lilongwe include Black Missionaries, Anthony Makondetsa, Atoht Manje, Khozie Masimbe, Yanjanani Chumbu, Santy, Lenzo Mshanga and Positive Yut.

Meanwhile, Moda has said he will soon be establishing his own studio.

“I have already bought most of the equipment and what remains are a few things. I have been wanting to do this for a long time but I didn’t have enough funds,” he said.

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