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The year 2015 is gone and will never come back. We are in the New Year 2016 where people come in with fresh ideas and new resolutions.

The creative industry dug deeper last year from musicians to poets to visual artists to dramatists to film makers among others entertaining the masses with songs, plays, poetry and movies.

Some got opportunities to travel outside the country where they flew the country’s flag and they include Peter Mawanga and his Amaravi Movement who performed in the United States of America and Agorosso who performed in Hungary and Vienna, Austria where he received an award.

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The year 2015 saw some musicians releasing albums while others took a break.

So in the year 2016 other artists have already promised new albums and they include Anthony Mr Cool Makondetsa and Mussa.

Ndirande Anglican Voices also came out recently to announce that they are making final touches for their latest album titled Siineyo.

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Kenya-based veteran gospel musician Chrissie Kamthunzi is also set to release her latest album in the year 2016.

Kamthunzi is not at all a strange name for those who have followed gospel music in the country.

She is among the the crop of veteran gospel musicians and her music videos enjoyed massive airplay on state broadcaster Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) TV in the past years.

She has inspired several gospel musicians in the country having started long time ago ministering the word of God through music with the likes of Chimwemwe Mizaya.

Her music though continues to enjoy airplay despite being in the diaspora.

Kamthunzi continues with her exploits in music and despite being in the diaspora, she continues to perform.

Last year she joined several other musicians including Lawi real name Francis Phiri, Faith Mussa and Marco Sadik to entertain people during the official opening of the Malawi Cultural Centre by the Malawi High Commission in Kenya.

The singer famed for hits such as ‚‘Wokondedwa‚ Women of Africa,’ and‚ Mkhale Woyamba,‘ is out with a new album which she says is a gift for the year 2016 titled Angathe (He is Able).

The last time Kamthunzi released an album was in 2009 and she is out with a new album after taking a very long break.

Preparations are on the way. The album is ready. I am busy now working on the DVD of the same,“ she said.

She said her latest album is a continuation of her message she delivered in her previous album titled Asante Bwana which she launched in Nairobi in 2009.

“I believe this is God’s annointed time for me to release a new album. I have been ministering in different places,” said Kamthunzi.

The singer said people should expect goodies in the new album and that there is powerful and anointed music in the album,“ she said.

It has been a long journey for the musician to be where she is today but was thankful to God for the talent and that she will continue to minister His word through music.

Kamthunzi encouraged upcoming gospel musicians —“that music is a ministry and do what God has called you to do.”

“Do not be discouraged – its not about entertainment nor making money but serving God, reaching out with the gospel,” she said.

The musician added:

“The Bible says that seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well (Mathew 6:33). It’s been the desire of my heart to serve God through music, and I believe God has called me and has anointed me to preach His word.”

Other songs in the 11-track album which she has recorded in Kenya include ‘Wandidzoda,’ ‘Glory to God,’ ‘Nsinga M’nadula’, ‚Woyera, Alemekezeke,’ ‚‘You are Lord,’ and a remix of the hit ‘Wokondedwa.’

Kamthunzi prides being decorated with several awards which include Female Solo Gospel Singer ( 1995), Best Gospel Artist of the Year (2001), Song of the Year (2001), Best Spiritual Artist of Year (2001) and Video of the Year (Women of Africa) 2003.

The singer said in her brief biography that her late father Nedson Tikiwa, remains her greatest influence and inspiration.

The songwriter and performing artist said she has a heart to see a transformed generation, through the word of God, ministered through music in praise and worship.

Born in Lilongwe, Kamthunzi’s music career started when she was very young.

She sang at Sunday school and church choirs and formed a a group known as Young Girls Choir followed by another group Amazing Grace Singers before she went solo.

The singer has stayed in Kenya for 12 years now and she has been in the music industry for close to 20 years since she started producing albums.

Angathe recorded at Mncedisi Music Productions in South Africa is her eighth album.

She recorded her first album titled Kuunika in Malawi followed by Safuna which was recorded in Johannesburg. Kamthunzi then went on to record M’Khale Woyamba, Wokondedwa,Mbuye Wanga, Women of Africa and Asante Bwana at Sparrow Studio in South Africa.

Kamthunzi was born on May 22, 1966. She says her parents hail from Chiradzulu but are originally from Mozambique.

She is married to Frank Kamthunzi from Ntcheu and they have two children.

Kamthunzi said she will launch the album at Robin’s Park in Blantyre on May 1 and later in Ghana, Netherlands and United Kingdom.

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