In a bid to give his forthcoming album,Mtendere, an international touch, gospel singer Peter Sambo last week crossed the borders to Lusaka in Zambia to record new songs with award-winning gospel vocalist Ephraim.
The Tachilowa Chaka China hitmaker is making final touches to his new album expected to be out mid this year. He has also hinted at a possible collaboration with another celebrated Zambian gospel artist Abel Chungu.
Announcing on Facebook, the Monga Mufunira star wrote: “Lusaka, Zambia; I am in your city tomorrow. Any friend around to welcome me?”
In an interview from Lusaka on Saturday, Sambo said he is in Zambia for personal ventures and arranging talks with Chungu who is based there for a possible collaboration.
He said: “I am in Zambia for both music and personal ventures. I will not say much on collaborations but apart from Ephraim, I am trying to do works with Abel Chungu, and planning a Lusaka concert and of course building a fan base.”
Commenting on the collaborations, the Ndife Nyali hitmaker said it is a move that both artists hope will be the beginning of a great friendship between the two countries as fans from Malawi and Zambia are going to be more aware of music from beyond their borders.
He added: “This is my fifth album besides a DVD collection. Other featured artists include urban artist ‘Sir’ Patricks and Ndirande Anglican Voices.”
In reaction, gospel music lover Pilirani Thawani said she anticipates a power music collection as Sambo features the cream of Zambia’s gospel music industry.
“I can’t wait for this album; Peter is very good and really sharp. I am happy to see him working with other serious gospel singers on the African continent in the likes of Ephraim and Abel. This will make the album enjoyable,” she said.
Among the songs in the 14-track album is a revised version of Tachilowa Chaka China which he collaborated with Dan Lu and is being recorded by OBK and Yesaya who did his previous album Monga Mufunira.
The album new album according to Sambo, features many notable names in the likes of Lulu who features in Ndinu Thandizo, Allan Chirwa in Ndamuyesa Yesu, Limbani Simenti in Woyera, Tebogo of South Africa in I am Not Going Alone and Ephraim from Zambia in Mercy and Grace.
Other albums to Sambo’s credit include Pa Calvary (2002), Tachilowa Chaka China (2004), NdifeNyali(2009), and Monga Mufunira(2012).