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Peter Sambo back, says gospel music has lost direction

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Gospel musician Peter Sambo came out of the cocoon Monday and laid into gospel music, saying it has lost direction in the country.

The artist, who has been inactive, said there was a need to put it back on its lane and indicated that he is ready with his 10th album Zakumwamba.

He, however, could not been drawn to say what exactly he thinks has gone wrong with gospel music.

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“The 10-track album I am releasing is my attempt at reminding people of the Christian world; what gospel music must sound like. I have watched with tears how gospel music in Malawi has lost direction and would like to set the record straight,” Sambo said.

Once rated by some people in the country as talented when it comes to compositions before he fizzled out, Sambo boosted that he has always been a pacesetter for Malawi gospel music.

“I would like to put the train back in its rails,” the ‘Monga Mufunira’ hit maker said.

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The artist, whose end-of-year anthem ‘Tachilowa Chaka’ was back in the limelight last week on New year’s Eve and on the actual day as has been the tradition, admitted that, lately, he has not been very active when it comes to music.

“My last album Monga Mufunira was released in 2012 and it was an instant hit. I have been quiet, setting up my evangelistic ministry, travelling nationwide preaching the gospel. The other reason for my long break was simply due to my personal soul-searching process which every Christian must do, [sort of] stocktaking to find out whether you are still following God’s will or your own dreams,” Sambo said.

He said he had to expedite his return to music due to pressure from people.

“Believe you me, I am here to stay. God has given us all different gifts with specific rules but one goal, which is to inspire people into accepting the way of the gospel and submit to God’s will,” Sambo said.

He then hailed well-wishers who are assisting him to come back into the fold.

“I am calling upon other well-wishers to support my album launches in Mzuzu, Lilongwe and Blantyre. I cannot manage on my own,” the former broadcaster said.

His previous albums include Pa Calvary which has tracks such as ‘Adzayankha Amamva’ and Ndife Nyali.

The new album is packaged with songs such as ‘Amamaliza’ featuring Saxess, ‘Ndamuyesa Yesu’ featuring Allan Chirwa and ‘Thandizo’, featuring Lulu.

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