For the first time in a career spurning to over 10 years, local Afro-R&B crooner Lulu has involved a choir in his fifth album, set for launch on Sunday.
This follows a rebranding exercise the musician, producer and composer born Lawrence Khwisa has been undergoing since September last year.
The move, he said defined the kind of music he will be doing moving forward, having launched his career in 2005.
True to his word, in the Mwayenera album, Lulu has brought in the much talked about change as he has featured a choir in the title track which gives God praise as the overseer of the world.
During the launch, he will perform with the Music Crossroads Model Choir alongside his Mathumela Band.
“There were certain things that were not possible in the past due to a number of reasons. It has always been my dream to record and perform with a choir and here I am now. It was just a matter of time I guess as everything that I have gone through has resulted in me being where I am now,” said the artist.
He added that from now onwards, he will be performing some of his shows with a choir.
“Those who will come to the launch will see that I will perform with the choir as this is a change that I have adopted. Actually, I will not only perform one song with the choir, but several other old songs which I needed that intervention. The beauty of it is that it adds depth to the songs which do not sound that good due to limited voices,” he explained.
The musician, who is comfortable on the lead guitar as he is on the vocals, is set to rock fans at Bingu International Conference Centre (Bicc) alongside acoustic duo Edgar ndi Davis.
The album is a combination of different genres such as rhumba, reggae, manganje touch with R&B as the main overriding genre. The music scintillation is one that soothes the soul with most messages dwelling on love, family and life in general.
The Lilongwe-based musician has four albums to his credit with his debut, Mbambande released in 2005.
Kumalembe came out in 2008 while 2011, he dropped Sindilora and in 2013 it was Ndakudziwa plus many singles. n