Will Gwamba rise or fall?

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This is probably the biggest question going through the minds of most people in Malawi who followed his announcement three weeks ago that he has abandoned secular for gospel music. Gwamba needs no introduction. Till his choice of singing for the Lord, he ‘was’ one of the biggest acts as far as urban music is concerned in Malawi. Last year he had just launched a successful album which underlined his intentions of taking over the seat of rap music in Malawi. The vernacular lyricist is also the ambassador for UNFPA Safeguard Young People campaign in Malawi and this project has allowed him to travel to a few SADC countries where he has gained the exposure as an artist.

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Gwamba: Will he rise or fall?

His announcement caught many people off their guard. We were all used to a Gwamba who would weave lyrics and come up with a secular message of materials, women and fame for his listeners. He has deliberately taken the road less travelled and it may end up on either side of the question, yes or no. There are two reasons for each side.

He will bounce ‘back’: First, he has simply changed the content of his songs, but he remains the genius rapper he has always been. Gwamba has established himself as a fine lyricist on the Malawi urban music scene. When it comes to weaving words to form a whole new sensible statement, he is best at that. He is the Phungu Jospeh Nkasa of urban music. This is what is in him and expect it to show in his upcoming gospel songs.

Second, Gwamba has tirelessly worked on his image and it has come out as perfect as he wished it to appear. He is well groomed and the kind of artist peers can look up to because of his well-managed public appearances. It is established in people that he is a professional artists in every part of his career and this will make it possible for him to maintain his status as one of the best rappers in the land.

He will not bounce ‘back’: First, in general, music in Malawi is not forgiving to artists who switch from secular to gospel. Save for Ethel Kamwendo-Banda, who has made it big than when she was secular, artists like Rasta Waza, Mlaka Maliro, Geoffrey Zigoma, San B or Boni Kavala Banda have failed to bounce back after leaving secular for gospel music. But it may understandably be argued that the mentioned changed to gospel while at the lowest point of their careers. The story may be different for Gwamba who has decided to make the change while enjoying the best time of his career. That is why he will be an interesting case.

Second, and on a controversial note, the challenge is where he is as a born again Christian. With due respect, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri is a man full of good intentions and vision. But he has always found himself not in good terms with a good section of the Malawian population. People are looking at prophets like him with suspicion. Gwamba, being associated with the prophet, has turned himself into a target for the people who do not trust his spiritual father. And with the way Onesimus has too turned to be, a cheer-singer for Prophet Bushiri with his latest ‘Miracle Money’ hit, should Gwamba come up with any song praising Prophet Bushiri, which may be inevitable, he will lose everything he has built as an artist.

But, will he rise or fall?

Wonderful Mkhutche is an author, a political scientist and a manuscript developer and editor.

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  1. if the calling is from GOD not god Gwamba will rise again and his choice is succesful bt if the calling belongs to devil,this is the loss of tasty,creativity,ingenuity,arts,deliligency and potential for Gwamba.

  2. Kkkkk hey lady!,probably tht Guy,u mentioned in ur comment had bought the car 4 u,cctos there’re super and veteran musicians who know how to write,compose nd spread out their songs nd in every tracks comes best.Talking about this Guy of the main topic is descendably sure nd naught he acts in his songs

  3. He has never been up so he aint Going No where?.. he is just being whack ass nigga who claim to be on top of the Game…
    He is nothing in music industry

  4. Gwamba amene ndimaziwa ine ndiposo ndimasata nyimbo zake never falldown munthuyu amatha let him rise in God. Nyimbo ya BETTER ili boo kwambiri

  5. Gwamba amene ndimaziwa ine ndiposo ndimasata nyimbo zake never falldown munthuyu amatha let him rise in God. Nyimbo ya BETTER ili boo kwambiri

  6. If he has realy changed from secular music to gospel music, God will help him to compose good songs dat people wud luv it and gain sum knowledge.

  7. If he has realy changed from secular music to gospel music, God will help him to compose good songs dat people wud luv it and gain sum knowledge.

  8. 1 peter 4 v14 ikukamba za iwe bro Gwamba…cerebrate when you receive reproach because of Christ for the spirit of Glory and of God resteth upon you…keep on moving forward in Christ…#Godforever#

  9. 1 peter 4 v14 ikukamba za iwe bro Gwamba…cerebrate when you receive reproach because of Christ for the spirit of Glory and of God resteth upon you…keep on moving forward in Christ…#Godforever#

  10. He has done the best choice in his life..there is no way we can condemn him for that..as long as he has make a right decision things will be fine with him

  11. kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkiest! Gwamba will definetely fall! ths brother man is after money,atleast akuyimba secullar muzik yake yinali boo and ndimayinjoya! now wayamba kuymbira Devil so I dnt think he is the Artist again! but now he is the singer of Devil! no meanng on the track miracle money! eeeeeish ndalama zitipwetekesa

  12. kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkiest! Gwamba will definetely fall! ths brother man is after money,atleast akuyimba secullar muzik yake yinali boo and ndimayinjoya! now wayamba kuymbira Devil so I dnt think he is the Artist again! but now he is the singer of Devil! no meanng on the track miracle money! eeeeeish ndalama zitipwetekesa

  13. kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkiest! Gwamba will definetely fall! ths brother man is after money,atleast akuyimba secullar muzik yake yinali boo and ndimayinjoya! now wayamba kuymbira Devil so I dnt think he is the Artist again! but now he is the singer of Devil! no meanng on the track miracle money! eeeeeish ndalama zitipwetekesa

  14. Only those DAT make wrong choice fall. But as 4 my bro Gwamba he has made the right choice his moving forward.Feeling so blessed #better# Gwamba woyeeeeee.

  15. Only those DAT make wrong choice fall. But as 4 my bro Gwamba he has made the right choice his moving forward.Feeling so blessed #better# Gwamba woyeeeeee.

  16. No! No! he cant fall down wapanga ryt choice! coz ngati nkhosa imodzi yotaika yapezeka ndikubwelera mufumu wa mulungu mmakhala chimwemwe……..

  17. No! No! he cant fall down wapanga ryt choice! coz ngati nkhosa imodzi yotaika yapezeka ndikubwelera mufumu wa mulungu mmakhala chimwemwe……..

  18. siwoyamba kunyozedwa end siwomaliza kunyozedwa you Malawians what’s you’re problem mumafuna azpanga iz mukut ma guyie zi nonse mukupanga comment Jesus wonts you turn the page to GOD osati kunyoza ndzna zopuxa mukulemba apazi nosenseeee!!!!!

  19. Even when saul turned to paul, not all were wishing him well, not all could believe in him, the choice gwamba has made is no mistake, for GOD created him for that purpose, no matter where you start but purpose from heaven will put you at the right place, watchout what you say for you can not kill what GOD has ordained, JESUS said your time is always here,, the question is, have you made the right decision yet,? follow CHRIST and you will not lose your soul!!

  20. Even when saul turned to paul, not all were wishing him well, not all could believe in him, the choice gwamba has made is no mistake, for GOD created him for that purpose, no matter where you start but purpose from heaven will put you at the right place, watchout what you say for you can not kill what GOD has ordained, JESUS said your time is always here,, the question is, have you made the right decision yet,? follow CHRIST and you will not lose your soul!!

  21. Nothing is easy inthe kingdom of god until u work hard coz nyimbo zina zimakhala zolaula zomwe zimatchukitsa munthu eg lihhana beyonce and lily wine just imagin onsea atati ayamba gospel tune who can trust them mmmmm only god

  22. Nothing is easy inthe kingdom of god until u work hard coz nyimbo zina zimakhala zolaula zomwe zimatchukitsa munthu eg lihhana beyonce and lily wine just imagin onsea atati ayamba gospel tune who can trust them mmmmm only god

  23. Some of you Malawians are so pathetic. If you can have time to speak and think ill of someone like that, someone who doesn’t even eat from your house, simply shows how shallow minded and poor you are and full of jealousy. If you don’t like his music, simply don’t buy or listen. If you like it, buy and listen to. You translate everything to miracle money as if amadya zanu. Why not invest your time by planning your education, businesses, how to run your finances, make your families happy and be busy implementing your ideas effectively? Do that for even just one week, invest your emotions into your personal affairs, you will never have time again to be nosy or see what your neighbors are doing …..

  24. Some of you Malawians are so pathetic. If you can have time to speak and think ill of someone like that, someone who doesn’t even eat from your house, simply shows how shallow minded and poor you are and full of jealousy. If you don’t like his music, simply don’t buy or listen. If you like it, buy and listen to. You translate everything to miracle money as if amadya zanu. Why not invest your time by planning your education, businesses, how to run your finances, make your families happy and be busy implementing your ideas effectively? Do that for even just one week, invest your emotions into your personal affairs, you will never have time again to be nosy or see what your neighbors are doing …..

  25. Gwamba Sagwa Konse,,lets learn to apriciate and be ready to support kod amalawi munakhala bwanj?? koma wna akayimba zotukwana ndye kuchemelera,dats spirit won’t take us anywhere, in fact gwamba has chosen the bst part of hs lyf,,the muzc z xo amazing big up new gwamba

  26. Gwamba Sagwa Konse,,lets learn to apriciate and be ready to support kod amalawi munakhala bwanj?? koma wna akayimba zotukwana ndye kuchemelera,dats spirit won’t take us anywhere, in fact gwamba has chosen the bst part of hs lyf,,the muzc z xo amazing big up new gwamba

  27. Gwamba nd big can’t stop paying respect 2 his old music …john tembo……gwamba is nat falling anyway on dis planet …..maybe take him 2 mars I gues u can tok abt him falling dere

  28. Gospel ili ndi anthu ake guys.and ineyo gwamba mtati asiye kuimba sindingadandaule.mnyimbo zake mulibe #theme wanena kale #chimbalah.#lulu #dan_lu anthuwa ukamamvera nyimbo zawo umatengamo kenakake,,,,,,

  29. To answer your query,gwamba will fall completely,malawians now have watched their faces in a such way that nobody can perplex them,ukadakhala wina ukadamaphatikiza secular+gospel in the same album,monga azako ena amachitra,ona azizako monga MASKAL and SKEFFA,amaimba gospel yomupangitsa munthu kulapa machmo.

  30. I can only wait and see when things start. Beacause he who mentions his name to attract a coin will fall but if he does it with all his hurt, soul and life will rise. Meanwhile, only God knows his mission. Also, a very drastic rise may some times result from demonic powers.. Any way zabwinobwino sizimasowa..

  31. Buzili is a devil so is gwamba miracle money my foot am nt a born again my self bt pali God sipasowa..Gwamba best artist? fuck that coz he is not one! Ku blowa akhoza ku blowa coz he has gon to meet nd be wit the devil himself pa zapadziko pano ndi zake dnt 4get that…fools wil reply to my coment bt my fuso is hv i replyd to yours? So please stay cool

  32. very sorry to all Gwambaholic I can see God is now trying to convert Malawi to be wasopano cos akuluwa uthenga wao unalibe tsogolo labwino pa achinyamata instead wachisokereso okha-okha so let us look forward kut Dunken adza ndizotan

  33. Its all about miracle money! Nothing else! Soon ull here him perfoming @ bushiri’s concert or @ salanje’s congregation!……hell money 2 b exact!

  34. If what ever he is doing is from God nothing wil mk him fall but if this coming from that other one ndie hmmmmm muone mene atagwere chagada.

  35. rise or fall i dont care!! wat z important z dat he z aborn again.those people hu r saying he will fall i cud hv said u r foolish and pocessed wth demons bt fortunately z non of my business

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  37. Gospel music is good as well as secular as long as it carrying a good message and talented career but most of this musicians tend to switch to gospel for sake of easy income and the will of getting rich young

  38. Who is Gwamba????? So you still think Gwamba is the bset artist in Malawi??? kkkkkkk, Malawians will never know the meaning of good artist,,,, how do you consider an artist to be the best when his/her album has no theme???? The best artsi in Malawi is Lulu, don’t ask me why. Gwamba is only someone who makes useless noise. I dont remember the last time I paid attention to his song. He should have said it clearly that he is out of lyrics. He is not a born again but he has seen something special in the bible. that is lyrics are plenty. Unfortunately he won’t make it,,, and I repeat he won’t make it. actually most people loves rock gospel,,, I mean Rock gospel not hip hop gospel,,,,,,, I don’t want someone to reply to my comment,,, it only shows how silly you are…… The only artist in Malawi who knows how to compose an album with a theme is Lulu,,,,,,,,,, He has a lovely voice,,,,,, the rest are just idiots especially hip hop artists

  39. the person whom u hated your crying for him today…let him go.he wil never fall..jolousy some not alI Malawians…days God z call basiiii

  40. U want him 2 leave de way u want?Nuh dats not de way Gwamba waganiza bho coz sitiliso munyengo yosangalasa munthu ayi koma mwini moyo.Welcom Gwambizo

  41. sindkuonapo vuto lina lililonse ngat ndmaitanidwe zakhala bwno…so keep t up Gwambizo watsopano(walero)….. am proud of u en 2 God be the glory

  42. sindkuonapo vuto lina lililonse ngat ndmaitanidwe zakhala bwno…so keep t up Gwambizo watsopano(walero)….. am proud of u en 2 God be the glory

  43. Only until you sing this song….amazing grace…how sweet the sound. ..that saved a wretched, like meeee. ..I was once lost. .but now am found, was blind but now I see. You have to be born again…John 3v16…waYesu..sasoba..correct my nyanja

  44. Only until you sing this song….amazing grace…how sweet the sound. ..that saved a wretched, like meeee. ..I was once lost. .but now am found, was blind but now I see. You have to be born again…John 3v16…waYesu..sasoba..correct my nyanja

  45. You can’t sing gospel music without being born again! You need to an encounter with God himself! Otherwise it will be just noise. A sound gong! For you to sing songs…you need to be inspired by something either the devils influence. Or heavenly. Thought shall not be deceived, a personal relationship with God is required.you can’t just wake up and day I’ve switched to gospel music. 1What prompted you?? 2.mentioning Jess or one scripture in a song, it does not qualify it to be a gospel song. Remember the demons asked son’s of sceva. ..Paul I know. ..but who are you. Careful!!! Study the word of God Well. ..The devil was musical director in heaven before he was cast out of heaven…and he still have that knack to use it on people. Watch and pray brethren. I rest my case.

  46. You can’t sing gospel music without being born again! You need to an encounter with God himself! Otherwise it will be just noise. A sound gong! For you to sing songs…you need to be inspired by something either the devils influence. Or heavenly. Thought shall not be deceived, a personal relationship with God is required.you can’t just wake up and day I’ve switched to gospel music. 1What prompted you?? 2.mentioning Jess or one scripture in a song, it does not qualify it to be a gospel song. Remember the demons asked son’s of sceva. ..Paul I know. ..but who are you. Careful!!! Study the word of God Well. ..The devil was musical director in heaven before he was cast out of heaven…and he still have that knack to use it on people. Watch and pray brethren. I rest my case.

  47. Gospel music its GOD a ministry..and calling it self,if he is realy called by God no doubt he wl rise..bt if he did just to please or be inline wth bushiri ,i feel sorry for him..how can somebody call him self a gospel singer yet is not deep into GOD WORD..christianity its spiritual ,being spiritual it must be fed by God word.

  48. Gospel music its GOD a ministry..and calling it self,if he is realy called by God no doubt he wl rise..bt if he did just to please or be inline wth bushiri ,i feel sorry for him..how can somebody call him self a gospel singer yet is not deep into GOD WORD..christianity its spiritual ,being spiritual it must be fed by God word.

  49. Ebezina..Chukwu Nonso!!! Rap Gospel Is Cool,Am Sure He’ll Make It,Here In Zambia We Have Pompi,Magg44,Abel Chungu,Kanji,Tio,The Proof,And All The Lotta’s Crew,I Tell You These Guys Are Supa!! RAP IS COOL!

  50. Ebezina..Chukwu Nonso!!! Rap Gospel Is Cool,Am Sure He’ll Make It,Here In Zambia We Have Pompi,Magg44,Abel Chungu,Kanji,Tio,The Proof,And All The Lotta’s Crew,I Tell You These Guys Are Supa!! RAP IS COOL!

  51. Gospel Ndimene Amaimba Achina King James Phiri Osati Munthu Ukuvela Nyimbo Osakhudzika Kmaso Gospel Sifuni Rap Iyeyu Adakasi Touch Osati Zimenezo Ai

  52. Gospel Ndimene Amaimba Achina King James Phiri Osati Munthu Ukuvela Nyimbo Osakhudzika Kmaso Gospel Sifuni Rap Iyeyu Adakasi Touch Osati Zimenezo Ai

    • hw would u late with petiance namadingo , Faith Musa , Billy Kaunda , they made so y not fo him.. its abt secular or gospel bt the massage n still being potrayed in the music thats wat pipo love

    • hw would u late with petiance namadingo , Faith Musa , Billy Kaunda , they made so y not fo him.. its abt secular or gospel bt the massage n still being potrayed in the music thats wat pipo love

    • Myb will see….the thing is he turned into gospel coz he was lozin his touch in secure….u can not compare him wif thoz artist coz since day one they were gospel singers

  53. We are living in last days,perhaps it can be God’s Call for Him to change and I personally know for sure that His future is in God’s hands. Keep it up Gwambizo #God is with u.

  54. We are living in last days,perhaps it can be God’s Call for Him to change and I personally know for sure that His future is in God’s hands. Keep it up Gwambizo #God is with u.

  55. To me anything that is sung advising good of humanity is gospel enough, san B did not have to change coz his music was gospel already now he is confusing people, physix, Gwamba, really lead people astray, they rap about akazi ambiri, mowa, chamba, these really had to change, if Gwamba falls it just means the world is full of sin, poison is so sweet, don’t forget to marry in #Eritrea

  56. To me anything that is sung advising good of humanity is gospel enough, san B did not have to change coz his music was gospel already now he is confusing people, physix, Gwamba, really lead people astray, they rap about akazi ambiri, mowa, chamba, these really had to change, if Gwamba falls it just means the world is full of sin, poison is so sweet, don’t forget to marry in #Eritrea

    • Sometimes money motives someone to blindfold us to think he’s changed, its all about get rich and turn to God, I’m talking of Miracle money,

    • Juan…that’s why you need spiritual eyes, and ask for the spirit of discernment from above to see and know all this. But you can’t! If still walking in the darkness. The Bible says, you shall know them by their fruits. Sasoba. ..If it’s right nyanja

    • Pelemende is a gospel song amwene, ku malawi kuno vuto mmazitenga a holly kwambiri, I may not have spiritual eyes but everybody knows that sleeping with a secretary is a sin, listen to that song again you will notice that it is better than michael w smith’s song, because san B is helping man kind to be strait, there is a time to glorify God Mr #Adams but fix humanity first for the Lord needs people

    • Imagine your son has done something stupid, rape a woman for example, do you sit him down and start singing hallelujah? No you rebuke him thats the Gospel pple need

    • #juan,musapusitsike ndi izi,and zikutengelani nyengo kuti mudziwe zomwe ali anthu awa,akunamizira Gospel and mayb after 5month utadzafufuza za Chuma cha Gwamba and zomwe udzapezezo zidzakupatsa yankho lokwanila(2) Amene wamutsatirayo which Bushiri ryt,mutandifufuzira bwino lomwe chifukwa watchuka ndichuma chosaneneka and akuti kuli ma mines ake maiko ena ok just recently panamveka zoti akufuna kumanga church yayikulu yomweyonso mudzakhala ma motel ndizina zimene zili ndalama z nkhani nkhani,now chomwe ndikufuna kudziwa ndiichi, kodi Bushiri anaphunzira Univesty(sp) yake iti ndipo ali ndi ma degree otani,nanga kwina nkuti komwe iye anapitako kukapitiliza ukachenjede wakewo kuti akhale ndizomuyeneleza zonse kukhala multi Billionaire,and ndi ntchito yanji yomwe wakhala akugwira mudzaka zomwe iye anasiya ukachenjede wake ,nanga ndikuti komanso wagwira kwa dzaka dzingati kuti afike polemera choncho,ndindani mwa anthu omwe mukuwadziwa omwe anatchukapo ndi ndalama m’malawi mo nkufika size wafika iyeyupa? And ngati sizili choncho ma Billion amenewa akuchokera kuti???? Mukatha mundiuza or just check ILLUMINAT and see wat they are looking for. Ok Mr Juan

    • Kodi mdyomba ngati ine ntalimbikila za magetsiz singapate billion? I see your point koma zina read the bible a verse that says seek the kingdom of God and EVERYTHING shall be added unto you, and another thing i don’t have to follow anybody, gwamba, bushiri, peter, all these I know them from media talks what I’m concerned about is the message they proclaim to the world thats all. He’s changed but his old music is stol out there taking people to hell, I hear you #Edwin but za munthu sinsamala kaya ndi illuminati kaya ndi nchiani what i care about is human world

    • My grand father has money, my 2uncles hav money, my auntie has money, but its theirs i have nothing ineyo nde inuyo musayang’ane zawozo look up to jesus and love your neighbor as you love yourself, if you are not married yet lets go to #Eritrea

    • . Something, such as an idea or principle, accepted as unquestionably true: i have learned this from google, and whatever jesus and the apostles taught is the gospel also, now what does this connect to my gospel? Jesus said love your neighbor, san B says pelemende is married and is sleeping with the secretary which is adultery. So tell me who is doing gospel?

    • Muti munthu #Wankulu? The real thing that can help you is not in heaven but the spirit flowing freely here on earth, its up to you to believe what i said or stick to what you know, chi khristu munasintha malamulo chilinga chizikusangalatsani, atati aliyense amene wavala trouser wa nkazi asiye chifukwa bible likuletsa uone protest yakeyo, #hint according to Corinthian chapters paul gave rules of how we are suppose to dress when approaching God, how many ar following that? If you dare preach that anthu akajoina pentecostal thats what gospel of Malawi but the truth is what i said earlier

  57. The only artist who was cool n collect was Wisdom Chitedze with his own originality. Try to follow Gwamba koma ndi pumbwa n then Fredokiss. He can sing and advise in his song but most of Fredokiss style are that of 2pac Amaru Sharkur.

  58. The only artist who was cool n collect was Wisdom Chitedze with his own originality. Try to follow Gwamba koma ndi pumbwa n then Fredokiss. He can sing and advise in his song but most of Fredokiss style are that of 2pac Amaru Sharkur.