By: Bester Kayaye
Having disappeared on the music scene for 6 years, the much celebrated local gospel choir The Great Angels has made a comeback as the choir is set to release a promotion CD titled “UFUMU UMODZI SUUKILANA.”
The CD which contains three songs like; Nzayahweh, Ndikhale and Ndizingwa has been produced to attribute the message of love, Unity, and Godliness and it is to be launched on 25th December at BICC in Lilongwe.
Speaking to zambuye.com, one of the choir directors William Zonda highlighted that the promotion CD is a group’s resurfacing strategy having produced their last album in 2014.
Zonda said; “As we all know, the choir recorded its last album in 2014, it has been 6 years which is a very lengthy period. In these years, music has changed a lot. In December 2019, we also lost our producer the Late Joseph Tembo.”
“So the main aim is to remind our fans that We are coming back with another album which is being recorded by another producer (Amos Mlolowa) at Active A records. We want our fans to sample the new songs and get acquainted to the same.
He also laments that the choir’s inactiveness in 2020 has been exacerbated by aftermaths of novel Coronavirus (Covid19) pandemic, which barred them from hosting any concert.
Zonda explained; “2020 has been a tough year to all musicians, artists and of course the Great Angels choir, mainly because of COVID19 and the restrictions which were given to artists. In 2020 for instance, we didn’t hold any Music concert due to the same.”
“On the other hand, it has been a year in which we have been mourning our producer Joseph Tembo. We also lost our patron Reverend Nashion Zonda who passed on in March 2020. During the year, we have also lost an icon in Gospel Music, Late George Mkandawire who happened to be a close brother in the ministry.”
The choir featured late Mkandawire in the Thamanda song which is still popular till date though it was recorded in 2010.
Meanwhile the choir is advancing it’s preparations for a gospel music concert to be hosted at Bingu Convention Centre (BICC) on the 25th of December, where among others they are to showcase their new songs and interact with their fans
On 2021 music outlook, he expressed optimism for more projects citing, “For our fans, we are planning great things for them. As we are growing, we want to showcase the closeness and the love we have towards all our fans across the country by organizing a national tour. We are very committed to spread the Gospel through music to everyone who was created by God.”