Barely a month after releasing Mozimila, the critically acclaimed music video that has won him plaudits, gospel artist Patience Namadingo steps into a different realm with the release, this morning, of Sinjenjemela, a song inspired by controversial Prophet Shepherd Bushiri.
Sinjenjemela, which does not mention Bushiri by name, is done in Namadingo’s preferred acoustic style and sees the artist talking about a man who is faced with many challenges, but is not shaken because of his faith.
Talking exclusively to The Nation yesterday, Namadingo said Sinjenjemela has not necessarily been released to defend Bushiri against an array of attacks that he has been subjected to, but stems from the inspiration that the musician got after interacting with the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) leader.
“As a musician, you get inspired; you see things and you sing about the things. On the part of Sinjenjemela, it has been greatly and directly inspired Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, who is a friend and has been a friend for so long.
“After the situations that he has been through recently, I had a chance to talk to him as a friend and as a brother and I asked him how he copes with life considering all the attacks directed towards him,” the Msati Mseke and Macheza hit-maker explained.
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According to Namadingo, Bushiri confided in him that he is not shaken because Jesus is the foundation on which his faith is based.
“When he told me, I felt touched and realised that a lot of us flaunter as soon as we are attacked. We have examples to point to—certain gospel artists who gave up when they came under attack. What if these people had Bushiri’s attitude, that if they were attacked they would just say we don’t care and we don’t stress. Sindinjenjemela? Where would these people be now? This would be a better world,” he said.
Namadingo, however, was quick to brush aside suggestions that he may have financially benefitted from Bushiri.
“I am not trying to tell people to believe in Bushiri. I don’t care if you believe in him or not. It’s a personal choice. At the end of the day, when you die, you don’t get to heave to say I believe in Bishiri. After all, the Bible says those who go to heaven are those who believe in Jesus Christ. What I care about is that he has inspired my song for me to pass on the message that you need to stand strong and to believe in God,” he said.
Namadingo says he is full inspired to push the song and people should brace for a classy video, even more creative than the Mozimila video.