A Malawian gospel grouping of Philaldephia based in Tete, Mozambique is set to officially launch its debut Acapella album Mudzayankha Chani at Comesa hall in Blantyre this afternoon.
The chairman of the group John Bekete said that the move has been necessitated by the overwhelming support that the group benefits from the country.
“Home is the best. Coupled with the fact that our group enjoys massive support from local fans, we have seen it wise to take the first ever album launch of our debut Acapella album here,” said Bekete, adding their music was equally being played on various Christian radios like Seventh Day Adventist.
He was quick to point out that the group’s move to take the album launch to Malawi was not a sign of poor fans back in Mozambique as some quarters may assume.
“We are 100 percent Malawians that is why we have prioritized home before taking the launch elsewhere. This is despite enjoying extensive support as well in Mozambique,” said Bekete.
Comprised seven members namely: Bekete, Pedro Adelino, Madalitso and Joa’o Leonardo, Loti Wilson, Malizani Damiano and Carlos Aaron, Philaldephia is a devoted group of Seventh Day Adventist church.
Bekete said the group had already a warm-up live performance at Robins Park last Saturday during activities organised by Seventh Day Adventist church.
“Those who saw us staging our impressive performance should sample us in our own show because what they saw was just a tip of an iceberg,” said Bekete.
Asked about the support of Acapella music in general among Malawians, Bekete said there were remarkable signs that people were embracing the genre especially among members of Seventh Day Adventist.
“Acapella is a type music which gives people a chance to sample real music that delights the soul, mind and hearth. So, those people who cherishes in good talent can not afford to miss Acapella concerts come Sunday at Comesa hall,” said Bekete.
Sparrows, Advent Hope, Sweet Fellowship, We Are One, Joyful Souls, Davie Chiwaya, Alex Mandala, Harmony and Mixed Voices are some of the artists that will support Philadephia Acapella crew.
This is not going to be the first time for the group to perform in the country because last year it also shared a stage with Sparrows and other artists in Blantyre.
Philadelphia, which was established in 2009, only produced its debut album last year at PC Studios in Chitawira, Blantyre and it was produced by Ephraim Chambota.