Gospel diva crosses floor amidst controversy

POPULAR gospel diva Joyce Simeti, who was recently at loggerheads with Diamond Studios following the stable’s failure to release her latest album Anozvigonesa, has crossed the floor to Lyt-on studios owned by prominent producer Lyton Ngolomi.

Report by Jairos Saunyama

Simeti’s manager Alexander Zinyongo confirmed the development.

He said: “What   transpired is now water under the bridge. It is part of the industry. It is true that Simeti has moved on and she will be launching her album any time soon.”

Ngolomi, who is also a part-time digital producer for Diamond Studios, had refused to release the diva’s album because the studio had failed to pay him an undisclosed amount of money for his services. This was after his services had been enlisted for Simeti’s eight-track album which had been scheduled for release in September last year.

Simeti, who commands a huge fan base is, however, said to have recorded a new and fresh album, different from the one at the centre of the controversy.

“We do not want to have hustles with her former studio since they own the album which they held, so she started afresh and all is  well,” said Zinyongo.

Simeti, who was born in Mutoko, released her debut album, Tose Takadanwa with Ngaavongwe Records in 1999. In 2002, she left her hairdressing career to take music as a full-time profession.

She has released six albums so far. The previous, Makandinzwa, is currently receiving massive airplay on local radio stations. She is also well known for the hit songs Kudza Baba Namai and Ndichamupa Mbiri.

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