26 September 2016 Last updated at: 7:12 AM
Suffix comes in defence of gospel hip hop in Malawi
In the thick of continued attacks on gospel artists who perform at ‘secular’ shows, gospel rapper Suffix says Malawians need to fully embrace the art and know that the gospel can be preached anywhere.
“We are embracing gospel hip hop. Look the gospel can be preached everywhere. It’s unfortunate that when gospel artists like us are invited to such shows we are taken as having turned to secular music. This is a wrong perception,” he told Malawi24 in an interview just after his 11 minute long performance at the Coca-Cola Kuphaka Life event which occurred at Blantyre Sports Club on Saturday.
This comes hot on the heels of a social media row after both secular and gospel hip hop artist stormed the recent Barry One’s Maso Atseguka album launch on 10th September at Robins Park in Blantyre.
Some quarters have argued that gospels artists need not to perform at shows that are largely deemed ‘secular’, something which Suffix does not subscribe to.
Suffix argues that ‘negatives perceptions’ on gospel artists performing at secular shows could be a stumbling block to the country’s art.
“We are perceived as liars. Even the secular artists themselves could not like our presence but then, like in my case, a Christian, I believe am a Christian before I am an artist. A Coca-Cola show like this one is for every other artist to perform,” he said.
Suffix added that he was very honoured to have been invited to the show through votes by the fans on Facebook.
After initially unveiling Home Grown and Bucci a couple of weeks ago, organisers of the event, funded by Coca-Cola Malawi this week added Tay Grin to the list and asked fans to vote for the fourth artist and Suffix emerged top of the list.
Fans had the power to decide their choice via the Kuphaka Life Facebook page. There was stiff competition between Lilongwe hip-hop artist Third Eye and the Christian rapper Suffix.
At the show, he performed a bit of Ndikanakhala Judge, Mkazi wa Ku Mwamba, and I am from Malawi.
Suffix hit the limelight with the track Mkazi waku Mwamba which he featured Faith Mussa.