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Doka gives new feel to gospel music

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Upcoming UK-based Zimbabwean gospel musician Jane Doka (27) backed by her band Prophetic Worshippers recently launched her second album titled Tenda in Harare, which provides a new feel to the musical genre.

Doka’s brand of gospel music blends rhumba, jazz and sungura to come up with a sound that is original.

The music, which encourages people to draw closer to God, has a danceable, secular vibe to it which will endear her music to people that may not necessarily be churchgoers.

Having a desire to serve God, Doka founded a group within the Methodist Church called True Saints where she was the lead singer and composer. They were invited to many church functions and they recorded one album called Jesu Haakundikani.

In 2003, Jane left Zimbabwe to pursue law studies in South Africa in a move she describes as a transitional stage that would mould her vision.

It was there that she received the confirmation that she is called to be a voice to the nations through music.

Equipped with a deep understanding of scripture, a sure conviction of what she wanted to achieve and much developed vocal skills, Jane left for the UK in 2007.

In the UK, she joined Wings of Faith Global Ministries where she currently serves as the praise and worship leader. During the same year she recorded her first album called Nditumeyi, an answer to the call of God on her life. The album, loaded with depth and inspiration, was released in 2008.

Having faced many challenges Doka only surfaced in 2009 performing for the first time ever at Pastor Nyasha Kachembere’s charity gospel concert.

She has since received numerous invitations to perform, including at the “Mystery in Stone Sounds of Africa” show in Birmingham in September 2009 where she delivered a breath-taking performance as a curtain raiser for Fungisai Zvakavapano.

Since then the demand for her performance has gone to another level as she is constantly invited to perform at various occasions.

She enjoys working with other artists and is part of Zigma UK (Zimbabwe International Gospel Musicians’ Association).

She is married to Michael Doka and they have one child, Isheanogona Shammah Doka.

Outside music, Doka, together with her husband, is actively involved with charity work in Zimbabwe supporting children’s homes such as Fairfield Children’s Home and St Agnes Children’s Home in Gokwe through the Zimbabwe Mothers’ Union.

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