Faith Mussa and South African gospel music legend Desmond Dube have begun preparations for their July 26 sold out concert SET FOR Sun Arena Time Square in Johannesburg.
The two artists will use the concert, dubbed Glory In His Presence (GIHP), to record a joint album and work on the songs has already begun at Dube’s personal studio in what appears to be a start of a long working relationship between them.
The South African artist is vividly ecstatic at the prospect of teaming up with Mussa who he clicked with when they shared the stage at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe during his visit to Malawi a couple of months ago.
He posted both on his official Instagram and Facebook pages: “From Malawi, Faith Mussa is joining me on GIHP, 26 July…this young man is amazing on guitar and I have taken him under my wing to introduce him to South Africa.”
In an interview from South Africa, Mussa said they have been rehearsing since Monday this week for the anticipated concert which will involve a live recording of both a CD and DVD.
“We are singing together on one song and on the other songs I am playing the guitar for him. So the project is beyond the single that we will do jointly but the whole album,” he said.
Mussa said apart from the artistic lessons he has tapped from his South African counterpart, he has also been oriented in how to use music as a business and utilising the art to the maximum.
Mussa’s manager Sam Chiwaka said they are looking at other ways to exploit the relationship between the two artists. He said it will be beneficial if Mussa receives mentorship from Dube’s professional wings.
Chiwaka said: “We have been talking for a while and those discussions are still underway. He indicated that he is interested to come back to Malawi. So, we hope that something can be worked out.”
The joint album, which is yet to be titled, will be distributed by Spirit Music.