A new spiritual voice has emerged with a sharp message that blends social and political woes with the gospel.
Despite staying in Botswana, Papa Winnyman, after years in the underground, has reached breakpoint, poised to make a stamp on the country’s gospel music sheet.
His music—which boasts of touching spiritual lyrics and traditional beats—joins the fray of emerging gospel artists, such as Faith Mussa, that are not compromising stirring gospel lyrics in pots of traditions.
His 10-track debut album Rise Up Africa is a nationalist attempt of indigenising Christianity in an African continent that sees the religion from Western eyes.
Real name Winstone Chiwaka, Papa Winnyman talks about politics, love and gospel in the package through punchy reggae vibes in songs such as Zoona, Loving You and Nga Ndi Yayiro, among others.
The production was done in Botswana where he stays and also manages his ministry.
“Music is a vehicle of the vibe and essence to humanity.
“I sing because I strive to reach out and touch many through my talent.
“Music is a language on its own, it is a ministry that cannot be overlooked,” he said in an e-mail response to The Nation.
Veteran Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) radio personality Frank Kandu of MBC Radio II described Papa Winnyman’s music as a new breeze of comprehensive reggae sound comprising relevant content.
“In a Malawi that experiences new music and artists on a daily basis, Papa Winnyman’s album illustrates a great deal of composure, maturity and sanity in one’s passion to music.
“He stands out and essentially given time, his music is a breakthrough that stands to appeal to masses,” said Kandu.