Limbani Simenti is a promising spiritual artist who is fast making a name for himself in gospel music.
It is his 'Ndikuoneni' popular track which has earned him a place in gospel music as it has turned out to be one of the frequent asked and featured song in most radio programmes.
His music is particularly enjoying massive airplay in Christian radio stations like Living Waters Church (LWC 100.0FM) and Calvary Family Church (CFC), just to mention a few.
As if radio personalities are not doing enough to uplift such the budding talent, Limbani has also taken an initiative to squeeze himself into the world of live performers of gospel music as he has become a frequent feature in most concerts.
He has commanded respect among his peers, brushing shoulders with giants musicians like Ndirande Anglican Voices, Lloyd Phiri, Grace Chinga, Thoko Katimba and Allan Chirwa.
Limbani showed his stage masterly last Sunday at the launch of The Great Angels Choir's latest album at Comesa Hall in Blantyre. The previous week, he performed at Thoko Katimba's launch at Robins Park on the back of an All for Jesus (AFJ) TV gospel show on March 25.
The Ndirande-based budding gospel musician believes that it is the power of the Holy Spirit which equips him with courage to stand on such a promising career path today.
"I don't take God's commandments for granted because I know He is the one who is engineering all the miracles in my life. May His name be exalted," says Limbani.
He adds: "Despite having the feeling that 'Ndikuoneni' would make it, I was sidelined as most people who listened to my songs at first said Malawians will not like it as they are passionate with danceable beats. But I asked myself 'It's only danceable music that appeals to people?'"
According to Limbani, 'Ndikuoneni' exalts God's ever presence when mankind is faced with adversities.
"In this track, I urge people to check with Jesus Christ when things seem not to be okay with them. I mean, when they are faced with problems they should simply say 'Baba Ndikuoneni' because Christ is always there to listen and solve their problems," says Limbani.
"My music is simply a cry from someone who clearly understands the miracles and potentials of God, that is why beyond this cry, there is also an element of worship," he says.
'Ndikuoneni' and other popular tracks like 'Lungisani Impilo' are packed in Limbani's debut album called Lungisani Impilo.
Asked about the exact meaning of the title tract, Limbani says: "That's Xhosa language. It means cleanse the heart. It is a song that is talking about someone who is feeling empty within and is asking for a spiritual healing, in the way of a prodigal son."
Limbani, who started music at a very tender age, admires Rebecca Malope, Lundi, S'fiso Ncwane and Ringo on the international scene while on the local scene he is down for Allan Chirwa, Richo of Malimba band and Patience Namadingo.
"I started music at the age of 8 or 9 with the celebrated Mount Sinai Choir while I was in Standard 3 up to Standard 5. I then took a break up until I reached secondary school," he recalls.
At St Jude Private Secondary School in Blantyre's Nyambadwe, Limbani together with two friends, formed a raga outfit called BALTOs Youth. However, many years down the line, God called him into his ministry hence his joining of All for Jesus Church Praise Team.
Limbani hails from Chauluma Village in T/A Ntwalo in Mzuzu.
His breakthrough occurred in South Africa when he joined Shammah Community Church in Cape Town. He claims that he served both as a member of the praise team and up-coming pastor.
Then he relocated to Table-View from Nyanga where he joined the City Church. It was at this church where he encountered the gifted pianist and singer Sarajane Grieve.
"This woman helped me to understand the musical basics. She also introduced me to Trevor Samson, who is mostly into jazz. And for your own information, this guy was Wambali Mkandawire's music school classmate and friend. The greatest thing I learnt from Trevor was patience," he says.
He says he went to South Africa where he worked as a personal assistant for the owner of Talta Engineering of South Africa in order to make a living. But he returned home in 2010.
"While in RSA I felt my calling was to minister among my own people. This saw me coming back home to embark on my mission which I feel is greater than the political platform. And I am geared to use this platform to speak for the voiceless," says Limbani.
He says he will be launching his debut album in August this year and dreams of establishing his own music company that will serve as a tool for the promotion of Malawi music through talent search, music school, recording, marketing and music distribution.