By Jarson Malowa & Richard Chirombo
Joseph Nkasa is no longer the free-flowing singer who follows every individuals who crosses paths with him.
Far from the artist who, as recently as 2009, could wax lyrical about politicians and whatever agenda they were pushing, as evidenced through ‘Mose wa Lero’ and ‘Yoshua’, in which he talks highly about former presidents the late Bingu wa Mutharika and Peter Mutharika, respectively.
In the run-up to the 2014 presidential election, he composed ‘Amayi’ for the then incumbent president Joyce Banda.
However, ever since the Southern Region-based composer and singer acknowledged that politics nearly ruined his career, he seems to be intent on cementing his relationship with God, as opposed to politicians.
At least this is the impression he gave on Sunday, when he performed at a church event in Lilongwe City.
The artist travelled all the way from the Southern Region to perform in the Central Region after Soul Winners Church leaders hooked him in for a performance.
Nkasa, who performed at the church’s crusade, seemed comfortable in front of the religious audience, as if fish plucked out of the fresh waters of Lake Malawi has suddenly been thrown back into the limitless fresh waters.
As such, Nkasa performed church-related, the so-called gospel, songs, among them ‘Kwa Yehova’, ‘Walowa Yesu Mu Mtima Mwanga’ and ‘Chilungamo’.
It was a case of Nkasa in default mode.
When Nkasa started strutting the music stuff in the morning of his career, he was a gospel artist at heart, churning out such songs as ‘Dziko Lino’, ‘Ibwelele’ and ‘Mzimu Oyera’.
And, then, the waters of politics swept him off his feet.
Nkasa said he was happy to have performed at the crusade, saying dishing our gospel songs was akin to home-coming for him.
“I am grateful to Soul Winners Church for inviting me to perform at the crusade,” said Nkasa, who performed alongside Maggie Wamkachisi Maurice at the crusade.
He said he was ready to perform at such events, so long as organisers engaged him.