Celebrated acappella gospel group, Joyful Souls, have rearranged and recorded the country’s national anthem as a way of reminding Malawians that they are one.
According to Joyful Souls leader Rodgers Mpinganjira, the idea to record the national anthem came after noticing the tension and restlessness among Malawians currently.
He said: “Many Malawians are tensed up due to the political situation as we run up to the June 23 Fresh Presidential Election. And now, we also have the coronavirus situation. Malawi is disturbed as a country and we thought singing the national anthem in a more harmonious way will comfort Malawians and remind them that they have a God they can turn to.”
Mpinganjira added that the national anthem, as it is, is a prayer that asks God to help in times of disease, hunger and other difficult situations.
“Though we have sung the song in a typical Joyful Souls style, we haven’t changed its progression code and harmony. We have left it in its original flow,” he added.
“Mulungu dalitsani Malawi, musunge mtendere
“Gonjetsani adani onse
“Njala, Nthenda, Nsanje” goes the song in part.
The Joyful Souls has Arthur Chidothe, Mpinganjira, Lovemore Kamtsonya, Melvin Ching’amba, Mac Zakulanda, Lloyd Kaisi Phiri and Jacob Kamanga.
The group started in 1995 and has three albums to its credit; Tidzauluka, Adzaweluza and Abweranso.
The song, done in Chichewa and is one minute and 12 seconds long, was recorded at Classic Records owned by Author Chidothe.