As a 10-year-old, Happy Jumbe was leading his church choir at Evangelical Presbyterian in Thyolo District.
Like many familiar tales, this experience was to provide a music career base for the now 23-year-old music artist.
The time in the choir gave Jumbe, popularly known as Rashley in music circles, a belief that he can have a piece of the local music cake.
It was with little wonder that in 2016 Rashley stepped in the studio on a solo project to record his debut single Bodza.
The single did not have the desired impact and the up-and-coming artist failed to make the breakthrough he wanted.
Rashley was never discouraged as in 2018, he returned to the studio where he recorded two more singles Zomwe Ndimaganiza and Ndilibe Chonena. These were followed by his 2019 release Chiletso whose music video featured on pan-African television station Trace Africa.
The slow strides that Rashley has been making through the years has buoyed him to make yet another return on the scene this year through the release of Ndidzasangalala, which is trending on most local television stations.
In an interview, the R&B and Afro-pop artist said his latest release has attracted some positive feedback and he is convinced that this might be his time to formally announce his arrival on the country’s music scene.
“The message in the song is so mature and the lyrics themselves are of interest to many. I have received a lot of positive feedback from people both from Malawi and abroad. I believe the song has struck the right chord,” said Rashley.
The artist said the release of Ndidzasangalala is the beginning of work on his debut extended play (EP) Mwana Mulhomwe which is expected to drop later this year.
He said locally he is a big fun of Lulu and on the international scene he admires Ed Sheeran.