A week before launching his third album, Afro-pop musician Sangwani Munthali said Ndipulumutseni represents his personal growth as well as the change he has undergone as a musician.
For those that did not attend his album launch at Bingu International Conference Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe on Friday night, the artist was indeed on a learning curve when he went on a six-year hiatus and come back a better artist.
The few that turned up for the show sampled the fruits of his experience through the performance.
It was a classical night with noticeable international standards set up, raising the bar further in as far as local events organisation is concerned.
Armed with a hoarse voice, Sangwani instantly blew away the audience.
But while the audience was wallowing in the beauty of the performance, on came Wambali, taking the audience on a jazz journey with music lifted from his latest album, all the while paying tribute to his protégé.
Back on stage, Sangwani continued from where he left as he ministered to the soul through powerful messages in his songs.
Ndipulumutseni is unique in both composition and presentation—with a music style the borders on pop, jazz and soukous all fused with traditional elements.
And despite a low turnout, the artist’s new sounds and instrumentation created something decidedly different with enough of a musical edge to keep one glued to the stage.
In an interview after the launch, Sangwani could not hide his wish of wanting a bigger audience.
“This is not the kind of audience I was looking forward to. However, everything has got its phase. This was the first phase and moving forward, I am looking forward to better things,” he said.