Grace Chinga, Steve Spesho and ‘N’dzaulura’

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As Malawi is still mourning the death of Grace Chinga, and also celebrating the life she shared with the rest of the world through her music, her departure will have other impacts on the Malawi music scene.

The point that has to be stressed is that Grace Chinga’s last album was released six years ago. But she still remained one of the most popular singers in an industry where to survive and remain relevant one has to be coming up with new songs. It tells much about her special presence as far as Malawian music is concerned. She was a woman of class.

Grace Chinga

Grace Chinga to be laid to rest today.

As we all know, Grace Chinga died hours after posting on Facebook that she has a planned double album release. It created a lot of anticipation in people, especially those of us who were looking forward to her new songs. Although we were still being inspired and blessed by her old songs, one always yearns to listen to new songs from their favorite artist.

She has been in the industry for years, dating back to 1998 when she led the All Angels Choir with one of the most popular gospel songs in Malawi, ‘Uleke’. That is when all her perfection started. It was no surprise seeing her making a mark when she released her first solo album in 2002, ‘Yenda’. She continued from where she had stopped before dropping the popular ‘Thandizo Langa’ album in 2008.

Two years later, she followed up with, ‘Udzayimba Nyimbo’, a conceptual album on hope. This was the project that will forever define her personal life and career.

As a way of slowly getting back to the studio, months ago she released a single song, ‘N’dzaulura’. The song became popular especially for its beat, a Malawi urban music touch. After singing from what is largely accepted as the gospel beat, Grace explored the other end of music by diving into the now popular urban beat. And it came out perfect, a message to the entire Malawi music lovers that she will be coming back hard into an industry she had starved of music for six years.

But there is only one reason why she surprisingly sung in that beat: Her son, Steve Spesho, is a singer and a producer inclined to that side. He is the one who produced the song for her mother. The speculation can be that he first made the beat and asked her mother if she can sing on it. If it indeed it went like that, Steve Spesho has to be applauded for forcing back Grace into music. But looking at the announcement Grace made that she will be releasing new music, it tells that she was also fully into the new music. It was not only Steve Spesho who made it possible.

Since her death, the song has been popular through being played, shared and downloaded. It can safely be said that it is the most famous song in Malawi right now. The fact that Steve Spesho has his name tagged to the project, as the producer, will change a lot of things for him.

Besides this song, Steve Spesho probably had a visible hand in the other songs Grace announced that will come out.

Due to her death, if the songs were done and can be released, they will be instant hits. His profile as a producer will be raised and some gospel artists will later start going to him to produce for them.

It is not that he will be benefiting from the death of her mother. He has been around the music scene for three years now, and even if her mother was alive, he would have one day still made a mark on the scene. Grace has been the kind of a mother who encouraged her children into music, also noted by the brief and impressive appearance of her daughter in her 2010 album.

She showed some potential for class. Music runs in their blood. We cannot be sure about the daughter, if she will think of getting into music and fill the void. But if she can decide to make a try, from what was seen in 2010, she can make it. But Steve Spesho already has a mark in the industry, and it is clear, he will be going even higher. Grace created a music empire of her own.

About the writer: Wonderful Mkhutche is an author, a political scientist and a manuscript developer and editor.

 

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  1. They came as a group to speak against Moses and Aaron and said, “You have gone too far—you are wrong! All the Israelites are holy—the L ORD still lives among them. You are making yourselves more important than the rest of the L ORD’s people.”

  2. musa yese ngati mwabisala mulungu sabisalika ada lakwanji mayi grace kuti muwaphe chonchi RIP mayi grace pumani bwino mawu anu saza choka pakamwa panga paka kale kale

  3. Do nt be amazed at ths.for the hour is coming in whch all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice § come out.thse who did gud thngs to a resurrection of lfe and those who practiced vile thngs to a resurrection of judgment [john 5:28.29]

  4. Grace i’ll mic u alot u were my favourite each time i listen to ur music zimasuntha moyo unthenga wako umakhala ngati ukuyakhulira ine.R.I.P

  5. Grace i’ll mic u alot u were my favourite each time i listen to ur music zimasuntha moyo unthenga wako umakhala ngati ukuyakhulira ine.R.I.P

  6. grace chinga rest in internal peace mtundu wa a malawi adakukonda kma mulungu wakondesa cfkw chake wakuitana pa kati panthu tingopempha mulungu afulatire mzimu wako

  7. Grace tizakusowa maimbidwe ako osangalasa kwambiri ngati amene umapangira muja eeeeee abale inu imfa kulakwa mwamva #grace grace grace ineyo chonena ndilibe

  8. Grace tizakusowa maimbidwe ako osangalasa kwambiri ngati amene umapangira muja eeeeee abale inu imfa kulakwa mwamva #grace grace grace ineyo chonena ndilibe

  9. Mwayalula mphasa mama?kodi nanga mwayalula bwanji?Speachless ulemelero ukhale mwamba,,,,ndizakusowani mama Rest in peace until we meet again in God’s grory byeeee Grace with ur gorgoius voice

  10. Mwayalula mphasa mama?kodi nanga mwayalula bwanji?Speachless ulemelero ukhale mwamba,,,,ndizakusowani mama Rest in peace until we meet again in God’s grory byeeee Grace with ur gorgoius voice

  11. We are grateful to God for the life and years he gave her. So we will see her in heaven where there will be no parting, no pain to bear, no care worn brow, no sigh, no silvery hair, no death to snatch our loved ones for all who reach that blissful happy shore will never cry nor sigh nor wish for more.

  12. Yesu analira mulungu mulungu wanga kulilira iwe kuti ulape mbuye muwakhululukire sakuziwa chomwe achita ndipereka mzimu wanga kwainu REST IN INTENAL PEACE GREACE CHINGA LUSO LAKO LISOWA KUNTUNDU WA A MALAWI

  13. Yesu analira mulungu mulungu wanga kulilira iwe kuti ulape mbuye muwakhululukire sakuziwa chomwe achita ndipereka mzimu wanga kwainu REST IN INTENAL PEACE GREACE CHINGA LUSO LAKO LISOWA KUNTUNDU WA A MALAWI

  14. No matter how far you are now but still you will be teaching us about the kingdom of GOD in your music.R.I.P the daughter of africa,the daughter of malawi the daughter of GOD. AMEN.

  15. No matter how far you are now but still you will be teaching us about the kingdom of GOD in your music.R.I.P the daughter of africa,the daughter of malawi the daughter of GOD. AMEN.

  16. Indeed we will miss u Grace chinga forever but intresting thing is that God he keep your crown and now u get it. As ur song says” mundisungile kolona”

  17. Indeed we will miss u Grace chinga forever but intresting thing is that God he keep your crown and now u get it. As ur song says” mundisungile kolona”

  18. God give more power to her daughter of grace to do what she won’t to do today god you must be flont for everything(grace R I P)

  19. God give more power to her daughter of grace to do what she won’t to do today god you must be flont for everything(grace R I P)

  20. I shall always remember you dear Grace. You had time to compose great songs not just for yourself but mostly for us. God used you in such a way that has brought joy and meaning in us. We will meet one bright morning when this life will be over!

  21. mpake mafuta ununkhula koma fumbu ndie pelefyum yanu yosiliza nyada ndimoyo wako koma ukazafa uzakhala mafupa kwelan galimoto axa mn bus stima treen koma bokos ndigalimoto yako yosiriza koma tinkale okozeka kapumen may tikanyamla mtanda wanthu tizapezana nanu mawu analembedwa —pa yobu-_-14:1–amati munthu obadwa ndinkaz ngwama tsiku wowelenga, amay greac atsogola kukatikonzela malo .uwuse mtendele mzimu wanu munachokela kufumbi mwabwelelaso kufumbi–zatiwwwwwwa!!!

  22. Nyimbo zatanthauzo,zachiphunzitso,zachilimbikitso,kuvala mozilemekedza,,,sindinganene zambiri,,,,,muusetse mumtendere chemwali tizakusowani!!!

  23. GRECE wafulumila kupita ndimadikira album ya ndidzaulula ndimafuna ndiziwe chomwe ukufuna kuululacho koma aaaaa satana walimba kuti iwe ulowe m’manda,I thnk God atitumizila muthu wina mpaka ADZAULULA ,GRECE R.I.P.

  24. R.I.P MAMA GRACE CHINGA NDIPU NDIKULUWENGI CHA INI PA SUMU YAKU NDIWULILENI CHOMWE MUDAIKA PAMOYO WANGA , MUZIMU WANU MAI UWUSE MUTENDERE TEMUVULI MWINU MO AMA THOWA NJIMOZA PEEE KWENI TISIYANA MANYAMUKILO KWANGU KO KWAJA INI SONO NDISUMU ZAKU PEEE ZITUWENGEPU CHA PA MTIMA WANGU .

  25. She will definately be missed.Other people have a voice but Grace had a fine instrument.Many will come but none will demonstrate more legendary musical mastery than the GRACE herself.The rest is God’s to judge

  26. The Dark Cloud Has fall.In her there was a light to the people of Malawi.Through her songs like a candle she run to the darkness and seek out the helpless.May her soul rest in peace.

  27. The Dark Cloud Has fall.In her there was a light to the people of Malawi.Through her songs like a candle she run to the darkness and seek out the helpless.May her soul rest in peace.

  28. The Dark Cloud Has fall.In her there was a light to the people of Malawi.Through her songs like a candle she run to the darkness and seek out the helpless.May her soul rest in peace.

  29. The Dark Cloud Has fall.In her there was a light to the people of Malawi.Through her songs like a candle she run to the darkness and seek out the helpless.May her soul rest in peace.

  30. The Dark Cloud Has fall.In her there was a light to the people of Malawi.Through her songs like a candle she run to the darkness and seek out the helpless.May her soul rest in peace.

  31. The Dark Cloud Has fall.In her there was a light to the people of Malawi.Through her songs like a candle she run to the darkness and seek out the helpless.May her soul rest in peace.

  32. The Dark Cloud Has fall.In her there was a light to the people of Malawi.Through her songs like a candle she run to the darkness and seek out the helpless.May her soul rest in peace.

  33. The Dark Cloud Has fall.In her there was a light to the people of Malawi.Through her songs like a candle she run to the darkness and seek out the helpless.May her soul rest in peace.

  34. Why Grace my God.my heart is sinking in many a tears and i don’t know how long shall my tears drie in my piteous eyes. My her soul rest in eternal peace.

  35. If she was worshiping GOD who is one and only that’s good news BUT if was worshiping something or someone who created thats bad luck for her because that journey has no return.

  36. Inu Yohova, ndiwulileni,pomwe munayika,moyo wanga,pali anthu ena,akamandiwona,amandisilira ndikundidanane!!!! mwachizaza chikho changa mwachizaza chikho changa mbuye chikho changa chisefuka!! (GOD IS GOOD ALL DE TYM).