A good person, Grace Chinga was a great artist and the size of her fan base was simply unmistakable the day we buried her remains at Henry Henderson Institute (HHI) cemetery in Blantyre.
That day of mourning, the nation was gripped with shock befitting the loss of one of the greatest gospel songbirds the country will always remember.
But the main loser were never going to be the multitudes who knew the deceased star through the voice of her mouth since the start of her stardom in 2002.
None in the crowd, which wept with heavy hearts, was going to bear the brunt of the loss like her children, Miracle and Steve.
Listening to the latest release by the two siblings, one is left in no doubt that the house of the fallen gospel singer of gospel music is falling apart.
Actually, there are numerous suggestions in Ndi Sambi Chabe that confirm that Chinga’s house has been crumbling brick by brick since the night she dropped dead.
If you thought property grabbing is history, you need to listen to the new tune from Grace and Steve in which they fearlessly accuse the deceased’s brother—and they call him as such—of seizing their land, rights to sell CDs of her posthumous release and other prized assets.
Some time ago, much about the house of Grace Chinga was a story of a family using their talent to take the good news of Jesus Christ to the ends of the world.
Now, the young singers are the message—for they have hijacked the gift of music and their mother’s fame to vent their anger on some elders of their clan for swindling them left, right and centre.
Arise, Grace Chinga, arise!
No one can blame anyone with a voice for taking to music to air out heartfelt concerns about contentious issues affecting or surrounding them.
However, the new music from the house of Grace Chinga speaks of bad blood boiling in the veins of the young one who will nothing to chance when attacking their uncle.
The totality of the song in which Grace Chinga is the persona speaks of a house of chaos, one lacking leadership.
This is disturbing to fans grappling to come to terms with the death of the Yenda star
If there is just one wiser Chinga in the clan of the Grace dead and buried, this is the time to spring up and start solving the wrangles that have left Miracle and Steve bitter.
This is a protracted dispute in which the siblings have dragged their uncle to the tabloids and Copyright Society of Malawi (Cosoma) over the right to sell Esther, Grace’s posthumous release.
The uncle may be right or wrong, but the matter did not have to deteriorate into a disgusting song.
It is like the entire clan is enjoying the unfolding drama.
The heated debate over what Kenyans termed grabiosis will never end until the wise around the suspected property-grabber and self-styled disposed pair show they are sick and tired of stories of one of the worst evils that push orphans into abject poverty and a graver loss.
No amount of silence should be tolerated even where the youthful children are wrong.
The song contains several invectives, claims and innuendos that demean the accused in the perception of right-thinking people.
A house divided cannot stand.
The music from the house of Chinga speaks of a family at war and it is shocking that the spat is getting out of hand with no end in sight.
Unfortunately, what looks like a battle for social justice will not be won in music studios, but in social and legal spaces where disputes over property and rights are settled amicably.n