The man believed to be the biological father of Mercy, the four-year-old Malawian girl Madonna is trying to adopt, says he wants to raise her in his own culture, reports.

“I want to take care of her, and I’m capable of taking care of my baby,” James Kambewa told CBS’s The Early Show in an interview airing today, the same day the court will hear Madonna’s appeal of the rejected adoption.

“Mercy, she is a Malawian, so (I) need her to grow as a Malawian ... with our culture,” he said.

Today’s hearing in Madonna’s appeal case will be led by the head of the judiciary in Malawi.