Skeffa Chimoto has silently crept out of MC Studios after making videos of the 2008 release which nearly derailed his illustrious career.
Speaking in an exclusive interview, the Ndife Amodzi hitmaker sounded confident that the vivid visuals of the album Tisawanyoze will succeed where plain voices failed.
He said the remaking of the largely rejected release, being spearheaded by producer John Nguluwe in Lilongwe, will also help his fans understand the message they missed while he ponders on his next album.
“I am not releasing another album this year because I need time to come up with mature compositions. However, I don’t want to leave my fans empty-handed. The DVD will keep them entertained and breathe life in the songs many people overlooked,” said Chimoto.
The jamming machine debuted on high, with the 2004 album Wekha emerging an instant hit both on radio and market. He towered higher with Nabola Moyo in 2007, but took a headlong fall with Tisawanyoze just a year later.
The top-seller, who reclaimed his status with Ndife Amodzi two years ago, said the upcoming video collection will be on sale at Dolphin Electronics in Lilongwe next week.
“It’s almost ready for distribution and brings together nine numbers, including Fupa Lokakamiza, Eliya and Ukazungulira,” he disclosed.
He has fused the oldies with two new numbers: Tikondane collaboration with Lusaka-based police officer Solomon Jere which has become a unity anthem in Zambia and Ndidzakulirani, a tribute to his deceased promoter Lovemore Mwanyama.
Interestingly, the artist is no stranger to reviving lowly-rated tracks. The album Ndife Amodzi, which was named the third top-selling album after selling about 80 000 copies last year, contains the reggae sensation Ulendo which was exhumed from Wekha and restyled by producerÂ Ralph Ching’amba.
Chimoto expects his fifth album next year.