MUTARE-BASED award-winning gospel musician Blessing Shumba’s new 11-track album Holy Psalms Volume 1 Ndi Jesu hit the market yesterday, after two years in hibernation.
The album was co-produced by Mutare-based Olin Anderson of Kunashe Studios and Harare-based Charles Aibeki of Divine Records.
Songs that make up the album are Mwana Wagu, Mapisarema, Kutenda Chii, Mwari Wangu, Usachema Chema, Nyaradzai Vanhu, Ndine Chipikirwa, Chikuru Rudo, Jesu Ndiye Mambo and Kuchengeta Murawo.
Mwari Wangu and Chikuru Rudo were composed by Shumba’s wife Pauline with the help of her husband.
Speaking to NewsDay, the Mufaro singer said the reason why it took him two years to release an album was that he wanted to give his previous albums a chance as they were doing well on the market.
“If God gives us a revelation will definately share it with people and this is exactly what we have done by releasing this new album as we seek to continue with our mission of spreading the Word of God through music,” Shumba said.
Shumba castigated music piraters for riding on his fame and urged people to buy his original CDs from authorised dealers.
“I advise my fans to buy my CDs from reputable record bars and shops to avoid buying fake ones,” Shumba said.
“The album will be accompanied by a DVD that is expected to be released in December, but we want to take our time when shooting the videos as we want to produce a project of high quality.”
Shumba said he was happy with the support he is getting from both fans and promoters.
“I want to thank God for what He is doing. It is not easy for promoters to believe in a musican in this world where gospel musicians are sprouting every day. We promise to go to places promoting the album and preaching the Word,” he said.
He, however, refuted claims that some of the songs on the album had leaked forcing him to immediately release it after fallout with producer Anderson.
Shumba who rose to stardom after the release of his debut album Ishe Wazvose in 2008 continue to enjoy the fruits of his talent with four albums up his sleeves. He became a force to reckon with on the local showbiz circuit in 2011after his song Mufaro from the award-winning album NdiMwari came second in the Radio Zimbabwe Coca-Cola Pimped Up and Ride Top 50.