South African gospel artist Benjamin Dube has recognised local musician Faith Mussa by offering to feature the Malawian in his forthcoming album.
The artist says he plans to release his 17th album in June next year and he has decided to feature Mussa following an impressive performance the local musician displayed last Friday at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe. The two met face to face in a gospel gig that left hundreds of patrons soaked in sweat.
“I was thrilled by his performance, especially his uniqueness and rendition. His performance was very matured, natural and professional. He is a quality to work with,” said the artist in a post-show interview.
On his album, the musician cum-pastor said he has big plans, but said they are still working on content.
“We are planning to bring in America and Africa into that project. We are approaching Tasha Cobbs, but it’s not yet confirmed. However, the project with Mussa is confirmed. I am happy to mentor him and others that are coming up,” Dube said.
Cobbs is an American contemporary gospel musician and song writer famously known for her Break Every Chain hit.
Commenting on the show, Dube saluted both the organisers and Malawians for pulling up a successful gig, better than what sometimes happens back home.
“I am excited with the turnout. The atmosphere was electrifying and I believe this is a benchmark that we can use for greater things in Malawi. In South Africa, there are some concerts that hardly achieve the turnout as appreciated at Bicc.
“Beyond that, I was excited that Malawians know many of my songs. Of course, some are very popular, but I did not expect patrons to know and sing along songs like Sakhiwe. This is humbling,” he explained.
In a separate interview, an excited Mussa heaped praises on the South African legend.
“It’s a very exciting development. We had a meeting on the project and I will be going to South Africa in August to work on the details of the deal,” he said.
In another development, Mussa’s manager Sam Chiwaka said the two artists will have a tour dubbed African Tour later this year.
“The tour will take place once the album is finished,” he said. n
Additional text by Brian Itai