Weeks after Black Missionaries lead vocalist Anjiru Fumulani was the subject of a death hoax on social media, Skeffa Chimoto has also found himself the subject of rumour mongering.
Unlike Anjiru, who was declared ‘dead’ after the media reported of his sickness, Skeffa had been the subject of talk on social media for apparently confessing to have practiced Satanism.
According to the artist, it is alleged that he gave a radio interview where he claimed that he used to be a Satanist alongside other musicians.
“Some people are spreading false rumours that I said on an undisclosed radio station in Blantyre that I have left Satanism. They claim I mentioned some other musicians. I have never been a Satanist, never,” said an irate Skeffa in an interview.
He said he got wind of the story when some of his fans started inquiring from him upon hearing the rumours.
“Some guys called me from Blantyre, where all this originated from. They wanted to understand and confirm what they were hearing. At first, I ignored it, but soon it was almost everywhere, so I had to react,” he said.
The artist took his frustrations to Facebook, where he blamed the rumours as works of people who do not wish him well.
“Let me say thank you to all the people that have shown interest to know the truth about the radio programme that other people are saying I had with one of the radio stations in Blantyre. The truth is; I haven’t been to any radio station in the past ten months or so.
“The last radio programme I had was at Galaxy FM in Lilongwe and it was a phone in programme during the time of floods last year when musicians organised a show at Lilongwe Golf Club and I was one of the artists that were chosen to promote the show.
“So, everything you are hearing is totally fake, for what reason I don’t know. If you want to know the truth about this, ask those who have listened to it and ask them which radio station was it. You can go to that radio and ask them if I once had such a programme with them. It has never been my wish to please everybody in my works because I know that is never possible. I know that when some people somewhere hate me, there are also many that love my work,” he said.
He added: “I don’t wish anything bad to all those who always dream bad about me and my work. If anything, I pray to God that he reminds them that it’s a sin to tarnish an innocent person’s image.”