by Muthoni Kimani
February 11, 2021
Tanzanian Gospel Singer Rose Muhando has spoken on the hefty entrance fee set for her album launch slated for February 27.
On the other hand, she has for the first time shared the secrets of her decade-long reign as East Africa’s gospel queen and opened up about how she endured a topsy-turvy time in music, revealing she has rediscovered her "mojo”, close to five years after her empire crumbled.
In an exclusive interview ahead of her February 27 album launch at Villa Rosa Kempinski, Muhando said she glided along a high-desert trail of pain for saying no to a powerful personality. The Tanzanian songstress, touted as one of the region’s most iconic musical acts since the turn of the century, said she paid a hefty price for taking a stand for her values and faith in a time of reckoning soon after her five year deal with Sony ended.
She narrated; “When I released Kamata Pindo la Yesu, I took a hit and stopped singing. I couldn’t do anything and slowly started falling ill. I do not mind the stories that emerged as I tumbled to the bottom because the Israelites, too, experienced a treacherous wilderness; they battled a lot and wandered the desert for 40 years... Wars are waged against you when you reach a certain spiritual realm and I battled them for five to six years after I refused to sin with someone, who vowed to teach me a lesson.”
Neno Evangelism Center founder pastor James Ng'ang'a, Muhando added, was crucial in highlighting her story soon after she sought refuge in Kenya.
“Pastor Ng’ang’a invited me to a church meeting he was holding via singer Steven Kasolo. When we met, as I have said, I had been through a lot. Ng’ang’a said I was a shell of my former self and offered to pray for me. When the clip of me being prayed for surfaced, the world got to know that I was sick and contributed money for my hospitalization.
She continued; He called Anastacia Mukabwa, Solomon Mkubwa, and Betty Bayo, among others, who took me to the hospital. Had he not prayed for me, no one would have known what I was battling, and had I died, they would probably not have known why,”
The talented singer concluded by saying;
“I am doing this because God has asked me to build Him a place of worship. I am not, and never been a preacher, but He has directed me to. I want to continue in ministry, to build His kingdom and I require instruments. See, what I know best is music, and I am leveraging it at this concert to raise funds. Where it will be located, whoever will worship there, or who will be the preacher –only God knows.”