He comes, he goes. That has been the pattern shown by self-styled Honjo music star San B throughout his 25 years as a recording artist.
After his last appearance, which came two years ago courtesy of two singles Nsanje and Yenda, the artist has returned on the scene through the release of his new single Come To Jesus. The song, recorded by Don Foxy at his Step Up Records studios last year, has just been released.
In an interview, San B said his intermittent hibernations are strategic: “I believe that in art you don’t have to overstretch yourself. When you do that you easily fade away. I want to be here for long. That is why I watch the frequency of my releases.”
The Blantyre-based artist remains poetic in his compositions. His tune is danceable and it is as usual being driven by his powerful husky voice. In the new song, the gospel artist is beckoning people to come to Jesus where they are assured of unlimited joy away from the usual daily life challenges.
“Ku ntchito amapita bwino bwino. Watenganso moyo wake zakhala bwanji? Ku tchalitchi amapita bwino bwino, watenganso moyo wake zakhala bwanji? Chimene anzake samadziwa, sangala zioneka pamaso, mumtima mulibemo chimwemwe…”he sings in part.
San B said the song is addressing problems that people are going through.
“People have encountered problems with the way I write my songs. In this case we wanted to have a song and a video that are communicating clearly,” he said.
The single is part of a package that includes two other singles, which are yet to be titled and released. The artist said the singles will form part of his album expected by the end of the year.
The Amake Junior hit-maker said the album project is already underway. The artist last released a full album in 2015 titled Acceptability.
He said he is impressed with the strides he has made ever since he switched from secular music to gospel.
San B said: “When I made the decision to start doing gospel I sort of split opinion among my fans. There were some who felt I could not make it because of the kind of music I do. That played on my mind as well. Today, I am happy that I still have the faith of my fans.”
Twenty hours after the release of Come To Jesus, the song had already recorded over 2 000 downloads on Malawimusic.com. San B released his first studio song Tears Of An Orphan in 1995. He later released his chat-topping album Nkhutukumve, which helped to establish him as a household name.