Skeffa Chimoto premieres ‘Mthunzi wa Chitedze’ single


By Jarson Malowa & Richard Chirombo

Cometh the hour, cometh the man.

At exactly 9pm today, Skeffa Chimoto, also known as the Jamming Machine, will storm the Times Entertainment Studios stage to premiere the single ‘Mthunzi wa Chitedze’.


Chimoto, known for entrenching mature messages in his albums, is not making a foray into singles’ production for the first time.

Singles have, steadily but surely, been becoming his third nature— the first being album releases, the second being energetic performances on stage at live events (that is why he is the Jamming Machine) and the third nature entails the composition, production and release of singles.

‘Mthunzi wa Chitedze’, which premieres on Times TV between 9pm and 10pm today, comes after the Lilongwe-based musician had dropped ‘Zitha’ on February 11 2020, ‘Kankha’ on June 4 2020 and ‘Pemphero’.


Chimoto told Arts & Culture that the track offers advice to people who easily give up on life to face problems head-on, instead of running away from them.

“The message is clear; I am advising people to find ways of addressing problems instead of running away from them. It’s better that they deal with the problems because, if they run away from them, they may face huge problems in the course of running away from them,” he said.

The track, which capitalises on contemporary genre, is the artist’s last project for 2021.

He said, owing to the fact that some of his projects were negatively impacted by the Covid pandemic in 2021, he is yet to sit down and plan for 2022.

Chimoto’s manager Levison Msakambewa said, just like in the 80s and 90s, they could not let the year end without offering some music masterpiece.

“Skeffa is reminding us about such a period. It came as a surprise when he called me the other day asking for a meeting, only to learn that he wanted me to listen to this new song. The moment he played it, I knew that the good old times were back,” he said.

Msakambewa indicated that Skeffa has not departed from his style.

“I like the song and it comes at a time people can utilise the opportunity to reflect on life and restart, review the year and plan. If someone is down-trodden, it is time to rise up. Believe in yourself and accomplish your dreams. That’s all I can say. Thank you Skeffa for this song and we look forward to many more such songs,” he said.

Msakambewa added that they would take advantage of the premiere to sell the single.

“We are taking advantage of the premiere on Times Television to sell the song. It is a top song and people will like it. We will give people the opportunity to buy the song using mobile money service platforms such as Airtel Money, TNM Mpamba, Standard Bank’s Unayo and National Bank of Malawi’s Mo626,” he said.

Times Group Commercial Manager [Electronic Media] Alfred Kanjere said they felt duty-bound to be part of the ‘Mthunzi wa Chitedze’ premiere considering Skeffa’s artistic stature in the country.

“We are happy that we will be premiering ‘Mthunzi wa Chitedze’ single live on Times Television, which is the number one television station in the land.

“As everyone knows, Skeffa is a top artist and we could not let the opportunity of letting him launch the single on Times Television pass us,” he said.

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