Just when Covid-19 pandemic seemed to have shaken people’s faith in the church, which became negatively affected by government-imposed physical distancing measures, Lilongwe-based musician Brenda Onsewa has set out on a mission to renew people’s faith in Jesus Christ by releasing an album titled Ndamuona Yesu.
However, like the shrewd hen owner who avoids putting all eggs in one basket, the artist said Tuesday that she wanted to test the waters by releasing an appetiser – a music video titled ‘Msandipitilire Yesu’ to be out on June 15.
But the female gospel musician, who is into reggae and pasada genres, maintained that all was set for the debut album.
“We have covered enough ground, including making final touches on balancing the songs. We are ready and we want Malawians and those outside the country to sample my music.
“Basically, I am targeting all age groups, including the youth, who are often regarded as wayward,” Onsewa said.
She said through her 10-track album, she wanted to reach out to people with a message of hope in these trying times.
Apart from ‘Ndamuona Yesu’ , some of the songs that make up the album include ‘Wakusankha’, ‘Khudzeni’, ‘Msandipitilire’, ‘Ndipulumutseni’, ‘Yehova M’busa Wanga’, ‘Muwapatsebe Moyo’, ‘Kwathu Sipadziko’, ‘Mulungu Simunthu’ and ‘Chikondi Chanu Yesu’.
Onsewa said that after dropping the music of ‘Msandipitilire Yesu’ on June 15, she would then release the album and help rekindle the faith of those whose religious foundations have been shaken by Covid-19 pandemic, which has claimed four lives in the country and, according to Ministry of Health Principal Secretary Dan Namarika, it has infected 500 others.
There is no cure for the novel virus but Onsewa maintains that “faith is the cure”.