GOSPEL musician Sebastian Magacha has finished assembling a new band made up of youths from diverse backgrounds.
Named African Joy, Magacha said the group’s target was to reach out to new audiences through singing in several African languages like Swahili, Lingala and Kalanga among others.
“We have assembled a multicultural group that should be able to reach out to different audiences just as different as we are,” Magacha said.
“This will help spread the Word of God and we can celebrate God in the different languages that we speak.”
Magacha said the main idea behind the project is to expose untapped talent.
“Due to different challenges that the music sector is facing young musicians find it difficult to assemble bands so what we are doing is African Joy can perform and release separately while they can also perform with me,” he said.
“We have already signed and recorded artistes like Kuda Mutsvene, brother of Mercy, who is due to release his album soon.”
Magacha’s manager Benjamin Rupapa said the project will see them breaking many barriers by using languages that are understood in different regions of the continent and the world.
“We are also targeting to get the lyrics of the African Union that we want to sing in indigenous African languages so that we unite as a continent,” Rupapa said.
“We are also encouraging the unification of churches so much that you will see us performing with different musicians from different Christian denominations.”
Magacha will be performing with the choir on October 4 at 7 Arts Theatre in Avondale, Harare, at a show that will be graced by several musicians that will be backed by African Joy.
Some of the musicians to perform at the event include Leonard Zhakata, ZCC Mbungo, Mathius Mhere, Shower Power and South African Joel Maphosa.