of Zambia by mitia on 6/30/13
LAST week saw one of Zambia’s sensational ‘gospel’ singers and rapper perform at the controversial African reality show, Big Brother Africa, eviction live show.
The move that Chaka Nyathando, aka Pompi, took to go and entertain more than three million viewers that watched the live show had many people talking.
Big Brother Africa reality show is one of the most watched in Africa and is rated 18for language, nudity and sometimes scenes of sex leaked on the Internet.
Many people have condemned the show, saying it is immoral.
The social media had Pompi’s name trending as users engaged in heated debates on the decision that Pompi made to perform or rather “minister” to the viewers and not the housemates because they don’t watch what happens on that stage.
Pompi has enjoyed a good share of support from many youths as his righteous pursuit in music has attracted even people that don’t take spiritual matters seriously to know the Word of God.
His debut album Mizu (Roots) has sold a good number of copies while receiving good reviews even from this author.
Pompi’s live performances have also been superb with the recent one being at the Celebrate Africa concert where he shared the stage with South Africa Afro Jazz starlet Zahara at the new Government Complex in Lusaka.
The move to perform at the Big Brother Africa might be classified as another milestone in the artiste’s career as he excels in his music career having moved from secular to what he calls inspirational.
The music that Pompi does has been categorised as inspirational although many people think he does gospel but the singer, leaving no room for imperfection, said his music was inspirational.
There is a thin line between gospel and inspirational music with people always mixing the two in one – gospel.
But what does it mean for the singer to perform at such a controversial show?
Here is what Reverand Walter Mwambazi had to say on this:
“My take on Pompi’s performance in the Big Brother House…The best way to answer this question is to quote scripture instead…Philippians 1:17-18 (NKJV) 17 – but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defence of the gospel. 18 – What then?
Only that, in every way, whether in pretence or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.
So there is a dust storm over this performance, and those of you who follow me know my take on such issues. However, the last time we spoke about this it turned so UGLY that I repented and prayed to God that we will maintain INTEGRITY in the Kingdom!
So, here’s the situation as it stands…
A door was opened, a brave minister (Pompi) went and entertained the BBA show people and 30 million viewers and mentioned “Jesus” somewhere in the middle of all this. Perhaps a seed has been sown and someone may come to know Christ later (maybe even after the show – who knows)?
This was a direct ENDORSEMENT of the show by a Christian artiste. The show is questionable, to say the least, and its participants are fame-seeking, self-glorifying individuals. An appearance by the likes of my brother further APPROVES and gives prominence of that show to a new audience (the church folk).
I am stumped. So I haven’t got one… Only that I am more leaned toward the AGAINST view above. I would never go on that show but like in the words of POMPI himself, “someone reached out to me this way, I am also gonna reach out to someone the same way”.
So I pray for him and that God may continue to guide him in his ministry, perhaps stepping into grounds I would never dare go myself.”
That’s what one of the men of God had to say. Mwambazi is known to speak critically on issues that border on Christian values and morals.
What is your take on Pompi’s performance at the Big Brother Africa live show?
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