After getting two albums under his belt, Pastor Jimmy Kapinda is back with a new collection full of messages on how gospel music should entice and not repel.
Titled Nyasa Afro Jazz, the 16-track album was recorded in Swakopmund in Namibia.
“The album is ready. I am planning to launch it towards the end of November at Bicc [Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe] and Blantyre,” said Kapinda.
The songs have been done in Tumbuka, English and Chichewa. The traditional touch suggests the musician has travelled the route, probably, travelled by only Mtebeti Wambali Mkandawire.
Said Kapinda: “Nyasa represents Malawi. The title says the songs are made in Malawi. It is by choice that I am doing music with afro or traditional touch.
“There are few artists doing this genre yet there are many people out there who love it. I am here to fill the gap and to add on what others have already done in this regard.”
He said he has already sold 2 000 copies in Namibia, something he said could have been aided by his live television performances in that country.
Kapinda traces his music journey to the Music Crossroads winning band Body, Mind and Soul—a youthful Mzuzu-based band which toured Europe, performing, among other countries, in Belgium where they shared the stage with reggae star Tiken Jah Fakoly of Cote d’Ivoire.
He played the bass guitar in the band.
Kapinda later broke away and formed Kula, which fuses African traditional music with jazz, blues, rock and reggae.
The band shook the music scene with the fusion, conquering in the Chibuku Road to Fame Music competition.
Currently, the pastor is based in Namibia where he is an administrator at Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church of Prophet Shepherd Bushiri. n