Musician Emmanuel Ghost Mbewe, fondly known as True Soldier in music circles, has taken a contemporary direction by turning to God.
The musician, who works as a Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldier stationed at Kamuzu Barracks in Lilongwe, says singing gospel music is a vocation and a spiritual obligation to Him.
The artist, known for the Chitserekwete song, dismissed assertions that being a soldier means serving worldly chores.
“There are a lot of misconceptions out there which put a soldier as a person who does not worship God. We also worship Him; hence, my decision to serve him better by disseminating messages of salvation through my talent,” the musician said in an interview.
The artist also warded off suggestions that he has switched to gospel to utilise the spending power of gospel fans.
“I was well known in the secular world and my music was self-selling. Joining the gospel bandwagon does not mean I am a frustrated musician. I have not dumped secular music to earn a better life in the gospel canoe.
“As you know, I am an employed person and I have not joined the gospel world to make ends meet. I was fine in singing secular music but I have decided to bow to His calling and boost my spiritual life,” said Mbewe.
The musician has since recorded several gospel songs for a forthcoming album.
The tracks, which are already enjoying play on most radio stations, are Timkweze, Amatikonda, Wamayankhoand Tidzakuyamikanibe.
Recorded by several versatile producers, the artist feels the album will wow listenership across eavesdrops; be it secular and gospel.
“I am optimistic that the album, which will come out in October, will mesmerise my fans across board. I have taken a lot of time to come up with the vibes just to make sure that I come up with the best quality which my fans deserve,” said Mbewe, who is featuring EvanceMereka in the songs.
The musician has four albums to his credit; Nyada Ufe, Mkwiyo wa Alimi, Njanjanja and Chitserekwete. He came into the limelight in 2007.