BY CURIAH MPOFU SIMASIKU
HE was the secular rapper behind some of the most misogynistic and insulting tracks of the yester years.
Just when his fans were looking forward to his next secular project, news filtered through that he was now a changed man.
He announced his repentance with the ‘Mizu’ project.
A few years later, he cemented his stay in the music industry with the release of his second gospel project he was calling ‘Broken English.’
Yes, you are right. I am talking about Pompi.
‘Pompi? Does that sound like the name of a gospel artiste?’ You might be wondering.
Yes, Pompi is the name!
Its meaning is simple.
Given to him by his fans, the name Pompi, which means tap , is a metaphor meaning that words come out of his mouth like water from a tap.
Well, his real name is Chaka Nyanthando. He was born on November 27, 1986. He is the youngest child of the five children of Masauso Nyanthando and Beatrice Nyanthando. He is single and a member of Mount Zion church.
He started his primary school at Chudleigh High school from there he went to Ibex High School where he did his grade 6-7. He completed his high school at Baobab College and later on got his honor in Business Systems at Monash University in South Africa.
Despite starting singing at a very tender age, Pompi started professional music in the mid 2000s. Together his friends, they took the music industry by storm offloading on to the market some of the most controversial lyrical content.
At that time, Pompi admits that he was actually an atheist.
“I was an Earthiest (I didn’t believe God existed). I was signed to a Nigerian music label and I didn’t believe in God at all. When I was lost, I was not exposed to any Christian content not because it wasn’t there but because I never used to go to church. You can imagine… I did not even know Ephraim. I didn’t know Racheal but I had always been in Zambia. The gospel would play on Christian voice but I wouldn’t tune in and listen and that’s how lost I was,” he recounted.
The singer also recalled that he repented some time in 2010.
“How I got converted was that I had an encounter with God. I got saved in November 2010. It was a year of depression and searching for God. That time I was at ‘My People’s’ church in South Africa and the process took about a year or so,” Pompi narrated.
He explained that after being born again, he didn’t want to do any music that is against the cross but decided to express himself as a new believer in a way that he knew how to worship the Lord.
“I got born again, so my music had to change of course but not change to the orthodox of what is defined as gospel. From there on, I didn’t want to do any music that is against the cross. I wanted to express myself as a new believer in a way that I knew how to worship the Lord using the elements without rules on how I should worship Him,” he said.
Pompi has since called on the church to welcome born again Christians with open arms and not with doubts of whether a person has truly converted.
“When I switched to gospel, one of the issues I had a challenge with was that it came with a lot of talk about what my intentions where, which was not what I expected.
As a result I found it hard to plug in and gain trust from the church. There is no salvation bureau of standards. If someone says they are born again, as a church we need to welcome them with open arms which I do. Now I have a great relationship with churches but it wasn’t that way,” he urged.
Pompi’s first gospel album ‘Mizu’ was a huge success owing to its rich content and contemporary feel and was released on 8th of December, 2012.
This is the album that contained tracks such as ‘Empty Thrones’, ‘Mulungu Samagona’, ‘Giant Killer’, ‘No Rent’ and ‘Packaging.’
His second album was even bigger and this seemed to have stamped the singer’s position on the scene after its release in November 2014.
The title track of Pompi’s second album ‘Broken English’ signifies that God does not need you to be perfect in order to use you.
‘Zuhile’, ‘Yesu’, ‘Ngoma Zilile’, ‘Peace be Still’ and ‘Maintain.’
His aim is for Zambia to be the gospel capital in the world and to break the huge division between gospel and secular artistes.
His inspiration comes from his biological dad, Pastor Bruce from Mount Zion, Pastor Mandiva, magg44, Racheal, Tio, Racheal, Abel Chuugu, Trina and most of the Lota house crew.
Apart from making music, he is also the CEO of Lota house (House of dreamers). It is a media and marketing company that deals with branding, road shows , talent management , corporate event management , among other things.
Pompi admits he is actually a shy, studious and maybe boring person off the microphone. In his spare time, he likes watching movies.
Pompi should be an inspiration to upcoming rappers because in addition to being a gospel rapper and singer , he is also a graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business systems and honors in computer science and information. And he is an entrepreneur. Making good on the saying “don’t put all your eggs in one basket.”