Johnny Zembani Banda says he is ready to lead one of the country’s big music outfits Zembani Band, which is owned by his father Lucius.
The senior Banda looks to be paving the way for his son Johnny who has of late steered the Zembani ship in the absence of his father.
The 25-year-old told host Zodiak Broadcasting Station TV Joab Frank Chakhaza when he appeared in an exclusive interview alongside his father that he is ready to step in and keep the engine rolling.
He said: “Dad has been grooming me for this role for a while now. It is not like it has just started now. I feel ready more than ever to lead the band.”
When pressed by Chakhaza if he is aware of what it means to lead a group of such a status and magnitude, the young Banda did not appear bothered, assuring the host that he intends to build on the experience that he has gained recently.
One of Johnny’s immediate tasks will be leading the group during this year’s Sand Music Festival.
His sentiments come at a time when prospects of seeing Lucius full throttle back on stage have remained in doubt since it was reported that he is struggling with kidney failure which has kept him out of the spotlight for some time now.
During the exclusive interview, Lucius, popularly known as ‘Soldier’, premiered the video of his latest gospel song Ndinu Yemweyo.
While indicating that his time as a performing artist is not over yet, ‘Soldier’ hinted at taking the gospel music route going forward.
“I made a commitment to myself long before I got ill that by the time I hit 50 years old, I should be serving the Lord. I feel the time is now. It will mean a change in many things,” he said.