The country’s top rapper, Gwamba says he has chosen the right path by turning to God, which marks the end of his successful secular music career.
The artist announced on Friday that he is now born again and that, moving forward, he will sing for the Lord.
“I would like to announce that from now onwards I will be making music for the Lord and I will have absolutely nothing to do with secular music. The Lord has been amazing to me and I am a sinner, this is the least I can do for God,” he wrote on Facebook.
The 25-year-old artist, born Duncan Zgambo, pleaded with his fans to understand and support his decision.
“I hope you will still support me and may the grace of God be with you in return. I love you all and thank you so much for taking me this far, now it’s time for God to take me further,” he said.
The announcement came hours after giving a hint that he is turning to God in a tweet.
“I’m not going back to Malawi to make secular music,” he tweeted.
In an exclusive interview from South Africa where he is on holiday, the artist said he has “chosen the right path”.
“I have started making gospel music. It’s the right path and everyone knows that,” he said.
When pressed further, he said: “Right now, I honestly have nothing more to say. With time God will give me the right words to use. I hope you understand.”
Gwamba is the current ambassador of the Safeguard Young People, a Southern African Development Community (Sadc) regional programme by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which incorporates several components, including music, as a tool for spreading messages to the youths and advocating for change in behaviour at the same time.
He recently collaborated with five young Malawian artists: Third Eye, Piksy, Young Kay as well as singers Nesnes and Faith Mussa, to record a song titled Nora, aimed at promoting the rights and life of a girl child, by denouncing the physical or emotional victimisation of the girl child.
Commenting on his ambassadorial position, Gwamba said: “That’s for a good cause, I will still work with them. That will not clash with my beliefs, I bet God cares about our girl child too.”
The artist says he was not influenced by anybody.
This follows rumours that Gwamba fell down to pressure from his sister, who is married to Prophet Shepherd Bushiri of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church.
Reports indicate that the artist was among thousands of people that thronged the close to 95 000 capacity FNB stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa for the ECG’s 2015 Crossover Service on December 31.
“Yes, I was there and I have been attending prayers at ECG for three years,” he stated.
Gwamba is expected back
in Malawi on January 5. n