Aubrey Thom Vakhani
ZBS journalist drops debut gospel album
Likoma Island based Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) reporter Shamuda Drake has done with studio work on his debut gospel album titled Agowokiyeni 1.
Speaking in an interview, Drake said the album will soon undergo Copyright Society of Malawi (COSOMA) for protection of his intellectuality.
“Once done hoping to dispose of the market by July end or early August 2019. Agowokiyeni is a title of my ten track debut gospel album. This is in Tonga language meaning forgive them. In short the album portrays message of forgiveness,” said the soft spoken Drake.
He further painted a picture on his genesis on music mission.
“My music career started way back at a very tender age when I was in Standard 3 – 6 as a choir member of Chintheche and Msuli Anglican Churches before I switched to CCAP in early 1990s following my mother on other reasons. From 2000, I joined various choir groups within the CCAP and later I turned into solo music with my keyboard until 2008 when I composed two songs Agowokiyeni and Mighty Power which were recorded and produced at Tluso Studios at Katoto in Mzuzu. The two pieces enjoyed airplay at Radio ABC with some copies at MBC both in Mzuzu,” he said.
Drake added: “Unfortunately, I went to various places across the country in search of green pastures and temporarily abandoned music. Then later, I concentrated on furthering my education until early 2016 when I revived my music carrier. I thank the Almighty God for the talent.”
I followed up my earlier pieces done in Mzuzu, sadly ABC and MBC did not preserve my songs and they were lost completely.
Ruth Chirwa, Alemekezeke Sonjo and Dan Salaka (the one who produced the album at his Great D Studios on Likoma Island) were on backing vocals.
The songs making up Agowokiyeni 1 are Yesu Ndithandizeni, Ali Ngati Msodzi, Ndi Ambuye, Chikhulupiliro, Ngwasoka, Tikondwere, Mighty Power, Tisabwenzere Choipa, Walipu Waona and the title track.
Two songs were done in Chitonga, Queen’s language and Chichewa.