Doka releases third album

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UK-based Zimbabwean gospel musician Jane Doka recently released her third album titled Reflections/Mirangariro.

The 10-track album has songs Hatirase, My Portion, Munamato Unesimba, Tinomutemba Jesu, Proudly African, Nemavanga, Hainonoki Mhinduro, Mboni Yeziso, Simudzai Musoro and Fara Mwanangu.
Dokas music encourages people to draw closer to God and has a danceable beat which is likely to make it popular beyond gospel circles.

I use music to try and reach out and encourage many people out there. Most songs are about prayer and Jesus. There are also songs like Proudly African which talks about the diverse greatness of God, said Doka.

Her brand of gospel music blends rhumba, jazz and sungura to come up with a sound that is original. The Afro-centric album features Esther Mukazika, Fatima Katiji, Derrick Mpofu, Enock Piroro and Clive Mono Mukundu.

She will officially launch the album in Harare on February 23 at a venue to be advised. She will also perform tracks from her previous albums at the same function. Her previous Tenda album was successfully launched at the Mannenberg last year and the event was well attended.

The third album was recorded at the Monolio Studios in Harare.

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 titled Jesu Haakundikani.

In 2003, Doka 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 where she received the confirmation that she was 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, Doka left for the UK in 2007. In the UK, she joined Wings of Faith Global Ministries.

During the same year she recorded her first album titled 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 Kachemberes 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-Mashavave.

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.

She is married to Michael Doka and they have one child, Isheanogona Shammah. Outside music, Doka and her husband are actively involved with charity work in Zimbabwe supporting childrens homes.