By Deogratias Mmana:
Iconic and legendary musician Mtebeti Wambali Mkandawire’s last album titled Chipakato (Bosom) has been released.
Wambali’s family and management of his music announced of the album’s release yesterday during a press conference at Golden Peacock in Lilongwe.
The album challenges believers to embrace spiritual reflection with a primary focus on the reconciliation of God and man, man and fellow man and the restoration of Malawi nation to a fellowship with God.
Addressing the media, Wambali’s manager Vitumbiko Mumba said the album was recorded in 2020 a few months before he passed on.
“This particular music serves as a tool that should set the mood for this reflective experience and it should serve as a reminder that God has unequivocally called us to a ministry of reconciliations,” Mumba said.
The 13-track album which is in contemporary Tumbuka will be launched in all the three regions starting off with Mzuzu on October 2, Lilongwe on October 7 and Blantyre on October 8, 2022.
A representative of Wambali’s Reflective Worship Team George Mhango said as a minister of God, the creator of songs such as ‘Nkhujipereka’ and ‘Zani Muwone’ left the devotional album to help Malawians connect with God.
The album opens with a dedication song followed by songs that worship and praise God.
“It is a full package album,” Mhango said.
Wambali’s wife, Wambui said her husband took a lot of time working on the album.
She thanked the team for ensuring that the album was processed to the end.
“To all the people that loved Mtebeti Wambali and his music, the family remains thankful for your support and prayers,” Wambui said.
The proceeds from the album will go to Wambali’s daughter Taonga.
Wambali released nine albums including Tizamtamanda, Moto, Calabrash Breath and Zani Muwone and the posthumous album is his 10th.
In March this year, the management of Wambali’s music held a tribute concert in Lilongwe to celebrate his life.
In 2002, Wambali raised the country’s profile on the world stage when he was decorated with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (Wipo) Award for Creativity.
He was nominated for the Kora Award in the Best Artiste from Southern Africa category for his work ‘Zani Muwone’ and in 2003 he won the South Africa Music Awards (Sama) for Best African Artiste.
Wambali died of Covid in January last year.