After making a name last year with the song Dzuka Malawi, musician Francis Kalawe is back with another controversial hit Major Sanagive, which hits at critics of Prophet Shepherd Bushiri.
The song, released on Monday, has already attracted the attention of Bushiri who, on his Facebook official page, said he is glad that there are some people in Malawi who appreciate his work.
Major Sanagive falls within the popular Bible verse “no prophet is accepted in his hometown”.
The song says Malawians have refused to accept the self-styled prophet by levelling all sorts of accusations against him.
In an interview, Kalawe said he did the song to address one element of the national anthem: envy, which he says has gripped most of Bushiri’s critics.
“There is so much diversity in faith, but Major One suffers all the scorn. South Africa accepted him, we denied him. The difference is not in reasoning skills, the difference is on focus. We focus on how we can take Major down, they focus on how Major is taking them up,” he said.
However, Kalawe dismissed assertions that he has done the song to benefit from Bushiri’s famous ‘miracle money’.
“I have never thought I would get any favour. I earn as much as I need. Did I expect criticism? Yes! But my art is about expression, and freedom of expression is key,” he said.