Gospel musician Patience Namadingo has endorsed Mzuzu-based R&B singer Trueth JJ, who has taken the music scene by storm with his Tumbuka rendition of Justin Bieber’s Sorry.
Sorry is Bieber’s 2016 hit lifted from his 2015 album Purpose, which has won Billboard Music Award for Top Streaming Song.
Since its release, the song has enjoyed massive airplay across the world, including Malawi where it has influenced remixes from some artists.
Apart from a Chichewa version of Bieber’s Sorry, the Tumbuka version by Trueth JJ is currently trending and prompted Namandingo to endorse the young musician.
“Trueth JJ has all what it takes to be called an artist. He has a grand voice. When I first listened to his Tumbuka version of Sorry, I developed goosebumps, confirming that his voice is powerful. He is the next big thing on the country’s urban music industry,” said Namadingo.
Originality is a critical element when it comes to judging artists in every artistic sense.
But Trueth JJ simply took Bieber’s touch and weave own lyrics. So in that scenario where is the creativity which Namadingo is talking about?
“Every artist draws an inspiration from somewhere. And I guess Sorry is where Trueth JJ has taken his artistic stimulation from. As a beginner who is trying to find his musical roots he is really good,’
Namadingo defended Trueth JJ.
He added that given a platform, Malawi needs to promote artists such as Trueth JJ who can make a difference to the music industry.
Real name Justice James Nyondo, Trueth JJ is a Mzuzu-based singer who was born in born on Decenber 1996 27 in Chitipa.
He is currently pursuing his secondary studies at Masambiro Private School in Mzuzu.
He said given an opportunity he is ready to take his career to the next level.
“I started singing in 2008 in a church choir and recording audios in 2013. But I need exposure,’ said the 20-year-old singer.
Trueth JJ’s favourite artist is Diamond from Tanzania. Whereas, on the local scene, he salutes Dan Lu, Bucci and Kelly Kay. n