Sometimes one needs a breather to recharge and reflect, that is what gospel musician Wycliffe Chimwendo did by taking a sabbatical of close to nine years.
The last time Chimwendo of the ‘Sizobisa” fame released a song was in 2011 and since then he has not been active.
But the Blantyre-based gospel musician, who is also a pastor at Livingwaters Church is back and is set to release three singles later this month.
“The songs are ready, I have ‘Sionse’, ‘Sakana’, and ‘Tere’. The songs are being released as singles as the new approach has much enabled online sales through WhatsApp and various online platforms,” Chimwendo said.
He said much as an album was key for him but releasing singles was also another way of making sure that people have specific songs they want to listen to.
He said the messages in the songs were Christ centred.
“I have much emphasised on building a relationship with Christ as the first thing to do for all things to be well. The songs are also a call to prayer and trust God for anything that troubles us. I have featured Christ as a solution to the present problems,” the musician said.
Chimwendo has remained faithful to his style of music he is known for and in ‘Sionse’, he speaks that it is not all people that have denied Christ, many received Him and that they were in a good relationship with Him.
“It is good to have all material things but to have no Christ its vanity as things on earth perish,” he said.
In ‘Sakana’, Chimwendo urges people to come before God in humility in prayer to God and that God does not say no.
“I had to take time to rework on my life holistically, now as a pastor and as a musician. Many thought I have given up on music but I am back into the ministry I dearly love and cherish. The last album was Moyo,” he said.
Despite working on singles, Chimwendo said people should watch out for a new album which will be his eighth.
Some of his albums are Wanga ndi Yesu which he released in 1996 and has the hit ‘Total Lie’, Sizobisa which has the track ‘Afafaniza’ released in 2001, Ndani Akufuna Yesu (2003), Yesu Wapambana and The Best of Wycliffe Chimwendo.