Some Malawians will remember the boy who used to play a guitar, twice his stature, in a family gospel singing group, the Mussa Family way back in the 1990s. He is now a man and is continuing his family’s legacy.
Now in the University of Malawi, pursuing music, Faith Mussa has brought back memories of the lost Mussa Family melodies with his debut album, Desperate.
The Mussa family was a popular band around 1997/98 with a hit, Pokumbukira Mtandawo. And the group disappeared into oblivion.
“I started singing with my whole family way back when I was still in primary school. My mum and dad were already singing during their courtship years so I was basically born in a music family. I have enjoyed a vibrant and happy singing family.
He said the family group is still there but not very active as his parents are now in Blantyre, elder brother Chisomo is in Zomba and last born Tendai is at College of Medicine.
Watching him play at The Parables launch in Lilongwe recently, the audience was awe-struck with his maturity and composure.
Desperate is enjoying massive airplay currently. “The album is a mixture of urban touch but with a drive towards Afro music. My goal is to develop a gospel audience in Malawi that loves Afro music which to me has the potential of selling the country further.
“The launch is scheduled for June at a venue to be communicated but a pre-launch show takes place at Chancellor College in the second semester,” said the bachelor of science holder who is now pursuing law studies.
Faith is also a member of the Amaravi Movement, a band led by Peter Mawanga specialising in Afro vibes apart from working with The Parables where he is the music director.
“God has been gracious to me and the album Desperate is just a first step in a long journey ahead of me,” he said.