Not all that does not glitter is litter. Great Angels Choir have gone this road less travelled, featuring George Mkandawire in their latest album, Ndiyende Bwanji.
Mkandawire shot to the top of the game with Nkhampenjanga and Ulendo hits about 10 years ago, but vanished from both stage performances and collaborations with other gospel artists after press reports linking him to sexual scandals.
During the two-year walk in the wilderness, the prodigal singer has been recording his comeback album under Nyimbo Music Company.
At the same time, Mkandawire added his scintillating voice to Thamando, the only collabo in the Lilongwe-based groupÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 10-track album.
Great AngelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s director of music Ephraim Zonda says the album has sold about 10 000 cassettes since August last year and forecasts it will sell more than their earlier releases, Mundifungatire and Gwireni Dzanja.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“So far, the sales are encouraging and we expect better returns after the official launch,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Zonda.
The choir, comprising 25 members, is planning to launch the album at Sheaffer Marquee in Lilongwe on March 31.
They have engaged John Ngulube and Tiwonge Chikusa of MC Studios to shoot videos of the album containing MkandawireÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s collabo.
The album was recorded at Joseph TemboÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Groove Magic.
Tt contains tracks such as Ndisiye Ndiyende, Sindipita and Dzuka Akukuitana.