Call him Destiny! Peter Sambo has taken his fans unawares with a change of name—and they must wait for a farewell show and album and to know if it means anything on his music.
The Chaka China gospel hitmaker, who works for Prophet Shepherd Bushiri’s television channel in South Africa, announced via Facebook that he is changing name and approach to music.
“I am changing my stage name and also my approach to music after interacting with some big names in South Africa where I am currently based,” said the artist in a posting that left the social media abuzz with a mix of goodwill with disappointment from fans.
Earlier, the musician had left tongues wagging that he was about to quit music when he thanked those who love his way of expressing perceptions of life and godliness, saying: “Peter Sambo will now be just a man for his family, a father and a husband.”
Later, the energetic performer clarified that he was not going to terminate a career that catapulted him to stardom in 2002.
Still, the artist promised to host a show later this month to put his name on the bye and invite his followership to stay with him as he moves to another level. Branded “The Legends”, the show is expected to feature his childhood idols, MlakaMaliro and Paul Banda.
The name change is nothing but surprising for a youthful singer who laughed off reggae experimentalist Limbani Banda’s decision to rename himself Limbannie Dube, wondering whether the Chisoni Kumatenda star was out to complete the work of South Africa’s fallen reggae frontrunner Lucky Dube.
But Sambo argues his music too has changed to serve God and the entire world better.
The artist boasts four albums—Pa Calvary (2002), Chaka China (2004), Ndife Nyali (2011) and Njira ya Mtanda (2012). He disclosed that his upcoming album, being recorded in South Africa and locally, is expected out March 31.