Willy Paul’s Malingo: Is this still gospel?

A recent video released by controversial gospel artiste Willy Paul has left tongues wagging due to its provocative message that sounds far from gospel.

The award-winning musician, Wilson Abubakar Radido, who goes by the stage name Willy Paul, coined the title “Malingo” from a swahili word maringo which means affectation.

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Barely a week after he posted it on YouTube, some of his fans were not amused by the musician’s latest songs (Jigi Jigi, I Do, and Tempted) which centre mostly on women and love.
Here are some of their comments:

 

 

In the video, Willy sings to a light skin video vixen trying to woo her into his court. He laments on how he has tried severally but failed to get himself a fiancée and goes on to pose questions at the damsel.
“Nimetafuta mrembo kwa muda mrefu..na sipati mchumba, kwani Willy sina sura ama simjui Jah Jah…”
(“I have tried finding a fiancée for a long time, but I am yet to get one. Don’t I have the looks? Am I not God-fearing?)

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He tells her to stop the proud antics and accept his relationship proposal, citing that money is not a problem. He is desperately in need of her to cure his ‘ailing heart.’

“…jameni nakufuata usiku, mchana,
Silali, njoo unitulize mtima wangu,wanizingua moyo…”
(Day and night, I look for you. Come and calm my heart, how you have charmed my heart)

The videographer features shots of the artiste and his crew performing along a beach.

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His all-male troupe of dancers offer a commendable back up to his danceable tune.
The beauty, who can afford her own cab, is seemingly interested judging from the way she eyes her prospective suitor. However, she plays hard to get but later lights up towards the end of the video when Willy walks up to her with a token.
Despite Willy Paul sneaking some gospel lines to the song, it strikes me as a mere love song not worth the gospel ranks in the country.

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