MALAWIAN artiste Skeffa Mlongoti Chimoto, who was in the country for the first time last week for a recording with local gospel outfit CCAP Voice of Mbare said he was open for collaborations with local artistes.
In an interview with NewsDay before his departure, the Lilongwe-based musician said collaborations bring new dimensions to artistes’ careers.
“Music has the power to unite artistes and I am happy to be featured on CCAP Voice of Mbare’s forthcoming album. This is just the beginning and if any Zimbabwean artiste feels they want my service on their project I am open for collaborations,” Chimoto said.
The Chinamuluma Chakuda singer has been featured on three songs Ambuye Alinane, Nyasha and Freedom of CCAP’s forthcoming album yet to be named that is scheduled for release next year.
Chimoto said music groups must be united so as to stay intact and achieve their goals, but members should be given the platform if they want to do solo projects.
“In a group like CCAP Voice of Mbare they might be some members who might want to do solo projects. Such people must be supported and leaders of the groups must not feel threatened and suppress them,” he said.
Locally a number of individuals from people from certain groups have released solo projects, but end up being labelled as rebels. He stormed Malawian music scene in 2003 and has four recorded albums namely Nabola Moyo, Tisawanyoze, Ndife Amodzi and Chikondi under his sleeve.
CCAP Voice of Mbare chairperson William Mikaye described Skeffa as a talented artiste and he has faith that the project will be well accepted by their fans.
“This is an important project that has seen us exchanging a lot of ideas with Chimoto. As a way of cementing our relationship with him, next year will be going to Malawi for some live shows,” Mikaye said.
Mikaye said they are also planning to go to South Africa and Zambia as a way of marketing their music beyond borders.
Many local musicians are relishing the sweet fruits of collaborations that have seen a number of musicians engaging foreign acts.