After three years of silence, accapela group Joyful Souls are back with their third album, Abweranso, which is set to be launched on Sunday at the Robinâ€™s Park in Blantyre.
The groupâ€™s Mark Zakulanda said the launch follows their two previous albums, Tidzauluka in 2005 and Adzaweluza in 2009.
â€œThe silence is worth it in that we have been revisiting our accapela touch. I can now comfortably say we are getting there. All the songs in the album are purely accapela this time around. We recorded the songs at PC Studios,â€ said Zakulanda.
According to him, the 10-cut collection contains popular Malawi hymns that were rearranged by one-time E-Wallet judge Rodgers Mpinganjira, who sings first tenor in the group.
Said Zakulanda:Â â€œThe rearrangement helps give the songs a Joyful Souls feel. The main message is on the coming again of Jesus Christ. We are also talking about what He is doing in the Holy of Holies where He is now.â€
With seven members, other performers in the group are Lloyd Kayisi Phiri, Bram Fudzulani, Marvin Chingâ€™amba, Arthur Chidothe and Lovemore Kamtsonya.
Zakulanda said the launch in Blantyre has attracted Adamsâ€™ Family and a Mozambican accapela group Philadelphia. Chifundo Chikonga of Advent Hope will also perform.