Habakkuk, whose real name is Japhet Khungwa, has honed a style of his own in order to give the gospel audience a variety through his genre of African form of Pop (Afro Pop). Subsequent to his debut production Lemba Masomphenya (2004), in 2010 he made a major comeback with Upgraded but the album was ignored by the gospel industry.
By going public and by suggesting that he would be producing music that satisfies an international audience, Habakkuk released a powerful Salimo La Habakkuk last year that is bound to keep your head reeling for a long time to come.
Salimo La Habakkuk marks only the third album in the artist's 10- year existence; this one proves to be well worth the music experience of the youthful man who hails from Khombe village T/A Chiwere in Dowa. This album features 10 tracks of uniqueness, stimulating music that was birthed, in Habakkuk's words, out of "God's willpower".
Just as the children of Israel experienced so many favours from God, through their exodus, Habakkuk does the same in this project. The message conveyed through out revolves around how God changes the lives of people against their sickening backgrounds.
In general, Habakkuk's music is more of a testimony of God's miracles in mankind's life in the midst of encouraging them to follow and trust Jesus Christ for abundant blessings.
Salimo La Habakkuk starts off with a Pasada 'Mwandiombola' which expresses appreciation to the Lord for saving us. The track has a tremendously catching hook along with the angelic backing vocals of Estiner Katengeza who sets the tone for a very serious gospel ride.
However, just when you think you have the danceable tune that sends you to the dance flow, Habakkuk changes the game on bilingual 'Splendid God/Ndinu Okongola'. In fact, he introduces Afro Pop, with almost half of the album bordering on this element.
'Splendid God/Ndinu Okongola', lends itself to a vibe that is similar to that of American singer Cyndi Lauper, and gives Habakkuk a typical edge in the holy Pop field. The vibe is silky-smooth that reflects the artist's prime of music life.
As a man who ministers in church, Habakkuk exposes his rare preaching talent in 'Splendid God/Ndinu Okongola'.
On 'I am protected', Habakkuk makes a very impressive appearance on English music block, exposing his splendid vocal stylistics and audibility to the song. Accompanying soul-healing vocals, this track is yet another hit to add to Habakkuk's growing list.
'Lighters On' finds Habakkuk's verses over a speedy instrumental groove while partnering with Nigeria's Eben who sings powerful lines on the track.
'Salimo La Habakkuk' is not the project title for nothing because has a charming drum and bass guitar that reveals an Afro Pop strength of the artist. The hammer gives you all the reasons to express thanks to God for all the good things that He has done for you.
In short, 'Salimo La Habakkuk' is a representation of God's love and mercy which makes Him a sole provider and inventor of miracles where things seem unfeasible. Hence the need to express appreciation to Him.
Make sure to check out 'Lemba Masomphenya', Habakkuk's 2004 hit which is almost featured in his projects due to its flavor and significant content. If you love music with a sound message that stands the taste of all times and prepares you for the kingdom of heaven, you have to play this track.
Salimo La Habakkuk absolutely satisfies the ear that falls for Afro Pop, while giving Malawian audience a different taste of music. Habakkuk is back and craftily shares the gospel of Jesus Christ with us.