Guardian Angel may have risen to the limelight (a place he shies away from yet insisently attributes to God’s favour) with a host of covers to popular religious and emotional songs, but his latest track ‘Nadeka‘ is a success, more for its heart-tugging lyrics and musical composition, and less for a bravado we increasingly witness in other ‘gospel’ songs.
When Eric Musyoka, one of the most respected producers in the industry, gives your product a nod, then you know you’re doing something right. ‘This jam is beautiful. Very well written and amazing melodies,’ Eric posted on Guardian Angel’s Instagram wall recently.
Having mashed up popular songs such as Luis Fonsi‘s ‘Despacito‘, sprinkling it with the gospel connotations of Angel Benard‘s ‘Siteketei‘, it’s not hard to imagine that Guardian has tuned this craft to the next level of authenticity. ‘Nadeka’, he says, is a testimony to the Lord, thanking Him for bringing him, or getting him, to where he is. In case you didn’t know, Audiphaxad Peter (yes, that’s his real name), grew up in the ghetto, marinating on a vision that he would be able to live a better life thanks to his dedication to God, and the work he’s been putting into building a Christian reggae/dancehall repertoire.
‘Maajabu Maajabu Ata wewe ukimkujia najua atakutendea maajabu’ (Wonders, even if you come [to Christ], I know He’ll do wonders in your life) he attests in the first verse of the song.
Everything about ‘Nadeka’ is like a still river that runs deep: the baseline, and a persistent guitar stringline quietly compliment the powerful words he sings, bracketed occasionally by a more prominent trumpet that just makes the single a joy to listen to.
Truly, at least for Guardian Angel, ‘Niko mikononi mwake Kila kitu Kiko better’ (I’m in God’s hands and everything is better).
Watch the video ‘Nadeka’ above