It is beautiful and emancipating to preach the gospel, but it is even more beautiful if the preacher can save souls for God through both preaching and singing.
That is Evangelist Emily Nkhalamba commonly known as Evangelist Emmie, for you who skilfully sings silky melodies and preaches the word simultaneously and effortlessly.
The 35- year- old songbird-cum-evangelist, who comes from Njilika illage Traditional Authority Machinjiri in Blantyre, is the next big thing in the gospel music circles if her maiden music project is anything to go by.
“My dad was a guitarist who played music alongside the legendary Giddes Chalamanda moving from one village to another entertaining people. So, I learnt from him how to sing and play the guitar and later when I was in Lilongwe, I joined St Patrick’s Catholic Church Choir One.
“I learnt a lot of music that time that cemented my passion for the arts. Later on when I moved from Lilongwe to Zomba, I joined the Harvesters Bible Church International where I also sing,” Evangelist Emmie said.
She said she has just finished recording her first album titled Jehovah Sabaoth which means the God who fights all my battles.
“Basically, in the album I am talking about the suffering of the vulnerable
in society such as women, children, people living with albinism and all those who still cling to God although they haven’t gotten their answers yet. I am encouraging them that God is able; He makes those barren to have children, the jobless to find something gainful to do,” she said.
Recorded at Dickens the Walker Studio in Zomba and Paul’s Studio in Chirimba Blantyre the album that has hits like Samalephera, God’s Intervention, Mundikhudze, Jehovah Sabbaoth, Moto Kuti Buu, and Sindilora, among others was composed and arranged by herself.
“The CDs are already out with most of the songs being aired on some of the local radio stations and currently we are still shooting videos. We are taking our time to do this because we want high quality videos,” said Evangelist Emmie, who has also over the years performed with Apostle Enesia Chitheka and Thoko Suya.
An accomplished librarian, who has been working at Chancellor College as a library assistant for 12 years, Evangelist Emmie now wins souls through music and preaching.
“I also volunteer as personal assistant to the director of Chisangalatso Free Nursery Schools apart from volunteering in a group called Miracle Mothers which encourages women waiting for the fruit of the womb. This is after God blessed me with a child after 11 years of barrenness,” she said.
Evangelist Emmie has one son and is engaged