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CELEBRATING WAMBALI— Sibale

Mtebeti Wambali Mkandawire’s daughter Tawonga said on Sunday her father’s dream will continue and that God willing every year they will be having a reflective worship gathering.

Tawonga said this during the launch of her father’s album Chipakato at Sunbird Mount Soche in Blantyre on Sunday night, with Reflective Worship Choir which she was part of, leading all the songs.

“This was a big dream that my dad had and when he passed on, I truly did not know how it was going to unfold in his absence but I have seen God’s faithfulness,” she said.

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Tawonga said Reflective Worship Choir did not do too much on the songs in Chipakato album, adding that the way they were composed, they were ahead of time.

The launch curved into a celebration of Mtebeti’s life and the climax of it all was when Reflective Worship Choir ended the night by dishing out the track ‘Nkhujipeleka’ which lifted the audience.

Reflective Choir gave the song a rendition that saw Dan Sibale, who played with Mtebeti Wambali Mkandawire for a long time, leading with a saxophone, with the choir and the audience singing along.

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Despite receiving low patronage, the launch lived up to its billing, with people enjoying the devotional songs performed live backed by a band that, apart from Sibale, included Thatcher Ngoma on acoustic guitar, Kennedy Phiri on lead guitar, Gresham Mokwena on keyboard and Mason Nkhata on bass guitar.

The songs that had a blend of afro jazz were served in two parts. The first part saw the choir dish out six songs which included ‘Lurombo’, ‘Nguru Yane’ and ‘Baweme’ before the second part which was boxed with seven tracks including ‘Nkhujipeleka’.

Members took turns to perform the songs in the 13-track album which was recorded in 2020.

George Mhango, who led the Reflective Choir and also played the keyboard, said the launch in Mzuzu, Lilongwe and Blantyre was fulfilling and emotional.

“We would like to thank people for coming out to celebrate the grace that God gave us through Mtebeti Wambali Mkandawire. The songs in Chipakato challenge believers to embrace spiritual reflection with a primary focus on the reconciliation of God and man, man and fellow man and the restoration of Malawi nation to a fellowship with God,” Mhango said.

He said Wambali’s vision was to create reflective worship albums starting off with Chipakato, which has Tumbuka songs, before moving to Chichewa and other languages.

Wambali’s widow, Wambui, hailed people for the success of the launches in Mzuzu, Lilongwe and Blantyre.

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