Blantyre-based Acapella group Homeland Family says they now have all the reasons to soar to greater heights in the gospel music industry after being overwhelmed by a “remarkable” turn-up at their maiden show in Lilongwe on Sunday.
The group had a double album launch for their debut Timuyamike and their latest release, Nthawi Yathaat Sheaffer Hall.
The group’s chairperson Clement Twaya admitted in an interview that the singers were nervous at the prospect of performing at Sheaffer as they had been used to performing at what he called “decimal platforms.”
The Bangwe-based group, from Chirumba Seventh-Day Adventist Church (also said to be an outstation of BCA church), had never before graced the regional and national stages.
Of course, the up-and-coming artists never really disappointed as their melodies, coupled with the urge in them to impress and prove a point, mingled well to keep beckoning gospel enthusiasts in the hall.
When the group sampled Sweeter Grapes from their December 2012 release, Nthawi no soul could have afforded to deny the 19-member group a standing ovation. Not when lead vocalists Cecelia Ng’omayacheza, Lonjezo Namankhwa and Twaya himself collaborated their silky voices in an intrinsic fashion. The move did the trick.
Only darkness and possibly the usual hectic Sunday public transport worries intervened to separate the singers from their new-found audience, family and friends.
And they amassed some fortune too from their album sales on the day.
“We will be back. We have to show Lilongwe our heartfelt gratitude for its support,” Twaya said.
The group plan to take their album launch to Mzuzu soon. They are also shooting a DVD for both albums.