By Sam Banda Jnr & Rebecca Chimjeka:
Japan-based musician Roy Kwelepeta, popularly known as Roy K, said Sunday he will never stop music hence his participation in the Anti-corruption song competition to get his voice heard.
Roy K emerged as winner of the Anti-corruption anthem titled ‘Umunthu’, which was unveiled by President Lazarus Chakwera on Friday in Kasungu during the International Anti- corruption Day.
He described the track as a reminder to every Malawian to protect vulnerable citizens in the country.
“I just want to thank the Anti-corruption Bureau for selecting my song as well as creating such a platform to expose talent. This is a great opportunity for me to get my voice heard,” Roy K said Sunday.
Famed for the reggae track ‘Amupeza’, Roy K, who is one of the persons living with albinism, further said the song is an outcry, a heartfelt shout out of hope that one day no-one else in the country will have to escape their own home for fear of any form of violence.
“I left the country at the peak of the killings of people with albinism. I had to leave a job in the civil service, a respectable position at church and a crucial role among my relatives in search of peace. It is my hope that citizens will love Malawi more than money,” he said.
Now a teacher of English, Roy K said now life is better for him in Japan.
“Now I feel full of life and I am focusing on enjoying my days. Every Sunday I minister in the worship team here but I have no plans for any other live performances,” he said.
Roy K said he is always recording music and he intends to upload it online.
The artist has four albums to his credit and they include Yahweh (1996), Ndiyende (1998), Remember the Lord (2000) which has the track ‘Amupeza’ and Forgiven.