Gospel musician Godfrey Zulu has announced his return to serious music this year with the release of Patsogolo album which is expected to hit the airwaves in four months time.
Breaking the news in an interview on Friday, Zulu said his return is guided by focus, mission and passion. The Balaka based artist says all the songs are pegged on hope and the need to save those yet to accept Jesus Christ.
“We are coming from a difficult year. There were a lot of ugly developments such as theft, corruption, disasters and hunger that made life for many tough. However, there is still hope for the better. The future is promising and that is what I am preaching in the album to remind people that there is hope at the end of the tunnel,” said Zulu.
He added that, he has also narrowed his focus from composing for everyone to only those that are still in darkness to save them from hell.
The Nation sampled the title track and other hits such as Ndiumboni, Muchite Chatsopano and Shekinah, the only English hit and it is evident that he is on a mission and his quality is improving with each album.
Zulu has, however, maintained the Mzansi rhythm, which defines South Africa gospel music and says he adopted it realising that he is Ngoni and the beat is the tribe’s identity beyond the borders.
“The Zulus are Ngoni and I like singing for what defines my tribe. However, unlike other artists, I don’t sing like South African artists. I compose my own beats and messages with the help of the Bible,” explains the 33-year-old.
Zulu, who has no music background apart from being part of the Balaka CCAP Praise Team, rose to fame in 2012 with the release of his debut album Anandisonyeza. A year later, he dropped Mundidzidzimutse and like a sea bird, his name and songs continued to soar. His songs form gospel playlists for many to date.
Additionally, songs from both albums have been dominating local music charts especially the TransWorld Radio and Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Top 20.
Zulu, who is also a graduate from South Africa’s Stellenbosch University in information technology, says Patsogolo will be launched together with its DVD during the second half of 2017. n