Artist Antony Saitabau switched to gospel music, where he is ruling the airwaves.
By Beverline Timanoi
Former secular artist Antony Saitabau alias Zack Antonn, the “Nikupende” hitmaker, says his decision to converting into gospel music was challenging but rewarding.
The 24-year-old artist, who hails from Oloisho Oibor village in Meto, is a music lover who has currently recorded two songs, “Mwana mpotevu” and “Nikupende”.
He has caused uproar in major news houses in his recent media tours with his current hit single, ‘Nikupende’.
His failure in the secular world made him turn his life around and he decided to dedicate his life and talent to God. “I believe that I have a potential as a youth to make good music, and soon I will rule East Africa’s airwaves.”
The “Nikupende” song produced by Dudu B and directed by Lennox studios is copyrighted to Backstreet DJs.
Changing to gospel ministry was easy, but composing gospel lyrics was the main challenge, said the artist.
“I was used to writing secular messages and transforming that to gospel challenged me for a while. Today, I rely on visions that I get from God concerning the scriptures for my lyrics,” he said.
Switching to the gospel from secular has been received countrywide with much criticism, with many believing that the gospel industry is better paying and thus attracting a large number of artists.
Zack, whose trademark “Kaya” is derived from Sakaya his father, designed it to honour and carry his legacy.
But for Zack, he believes that it is an individual relationship between an artist and Christ that matters, and those that are there for the money will eventually fall back with time.
“Haters have accused me of abusing my salvation, thinking that I am doing gospel because it is an easy market, unlike secular in which is difficult to make a breakthrough. I respect other people’s opinion, but at the end of the day this was a personal decision. I am happier now and I have more peace,” says Zack.
Although he admits that the gospel fraternity has a few “rotten” apples, he holds that the Bible is also full of unsavory characters who are used by God to bring change.
In his view, bashing an artist is unchristian, and he advocates mentorship from the believers.
The singer, who is also part of Backstreet Djs, adores his team for the great support they have shown him in his transition. “I also have many friends who help me market my songs through social media platforms, from one WhatsApp group to another. The clicks on my YouTube channel are increasing each second. I intend to do many more singles and several collaborations before the year ends.”