Ndidzaimabe is Thoko Katimba's fourth album which reminds Malawians of God's love and grace and why they must trust Him at all times.
Although mostly fusing local melodies with South African gospel–inspired instruments, songs in Ndidzaimabe are mature and brilliant. The album will be officially launched on April 1 in Blantyre.
However, don't let Katimba's title of 'gospel musician' deceive you because you have never heard gospel music telling of societal ills. Katimba's latest album Ndidzaimabe is not pure gospel music. It touches on love, misfortune, God's unfailing love and social issues.
If Katimba's style of music is unique, it is because he blends ordinary issues with the gospel of Jesus Christ to make it more engaging to his fans.
In Katimba's music, there is some heavy keyboard and drums of South African gospel touch which do not fail to reveal the Kwaito element.
You have all the reasons to give Katimba some marks for his advisory role he plays in 'Banja Lodala.'
Other tracks that seem so natural that one might think Katimba can fit in comfortably on the South African gospel circuit are 'Yesu Ndikukondani' and 'Ndidzaimabe'.
'Usadabwe Neba' expresses one's joy for being gripped by angelic spirit that provides unending happiness.
The song 'Undipatse Mpata' has a high tempo of rhumba that provides you with danceable tune.
Katimba is one of the songwriters who are influenced by the environment to compose meaningful songs like 'Undilondelanji' one of the strongest songs on the project which criticises the works of the devil in clear tone. This is certainly the clearest moment on the album to capture Katimba's cry through music.
So often, one can walk away from a song thinking that just less instrumental energy would have brought the song to its full potential as a dirge due to its emotional touch.
But 'Undilondelanji' has the enthusiasm and the drive. It has the driving piano, the soul healing vocals and even the mature verses and chorus.
Picture 'Mbiri Ya Moyo Wanga', a song with just local taste of Manganje. The picture it performs is a steady, rich arrangement of beat, with perhaps a main hint of downhearted message. This could be that sort of show-stopping song that leaves an audience silent for several moments to take hold of what happened to Katimba in his life. But somehow it feels like too personal.