THELMA BWALYA, Lusaka
GOSPEL singer Kings Malembe Malembe is this year expected to release two albums at once, which will also form part of the celebrations to mark his 10 years in gospel music.
The two albums are scheduled to be released on August 3 at Mulungushi International Conference Centre where he will also celebrate his 10th anniversary in the music industry.
Kings says he has decided to release two albums because he is trying to bring out the other side of him.
But before that, he has a countrywide tour starting with Luapula, Muchinga and Northern provinces.
In June, he has a tour of the United States of America for a month and will return in July for the Zambia International Trade Fair that takes place in Ndola, Copperbelt.
“In August, that’s when we will have the biggest event, we will be celebrating our 10th anniversary plus double album launch. We have seen a lot in our journey and for us, it’s time to grow and mature and run this music as a ministry,” he says.
“After the launch, we will continue with the tour, we will go to Southern, North-Western provinces and in September, we’ve a big event at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium. We plan to tour the whole country, where we fail to go, we’ll go next year.”
The two albums are titled Lesa Emwali and Fix Me. Kings has already finished recording and is only waiting for the songs to be mixed.
He says Fix Me is more of an international album as he has featured artistes like Pastor Mutunzi Number from Joyous Celebration, Jimmy the Psalmist from Nigeria and Debora Lukalu from South Africa.
“I want my music to be everywhere, my five albums have always been local only a few songs have gone international,” Kings says.
“There’s an event which happens in South Africa called Encounter where you find artistes like Don Moen, Donny McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, Frank Edward and other big guys, and I think it’s time to take the other album there.
“We’ll start with putting videos on channels like One Gospel and Trace Africa, so it will be built there and then it will be coming back to Zambia.”
On the Lesa Emwali album, which is more local, he says he has featured diamonds in the rough who he is trying to promote.
He says on the two albums, being produced by Sheka, there’s a lot of growth and new message for this new season.
Some of the titles on the two albums are Abamano, Lesa Talaba, Shining Like the Sun and Wonder.
Kings says Lesa Emwali is a comforting album that will propagate faith and put people on another level.
Apart from launching the two albums in August, he will also release two DVDs for the two albums.
He, however, says he has not lost the touch on the albums as he is still Kings with the same rhumba type of music.
“My fans have been waiting for the album for about two years now, it’s a new brand or Kings, we’ve tried to rebrand ourselves. These albums are for the young and old,” he says.