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Mutare Baptist pastor releases album

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MUTARE Baptist Church Pastor, Naison Mangwende has released his debut eight-track gospel album titled Just As I Am.

TINASHE SIBANDA
ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER

Both a testimony and a ministry, the recently released album appeals to both believers and non-believers.

The title track, Just As I Am, is a testimony by a reformed sinner regretting all his atrocities.

It is an invitation to the sinner to also come to Christ just as they are.

Other tracks include Watch and Pray, Better One Day, Anondida, Call Me Blessed, Makaite Nyasha and Mutoro Wobviswa naJesu.

“Watch and Pray ministers to those who are involved in ministry as it encourages them to watch and pray for there are so many challenges and temptations that can cause them to fall,” Mangwende said.

He added that Better One Day was an encouragement to believers to seek the joy that could only come by dwelling in the presence of the Lord.

“What inspires me to write and sing is the desire to minister, preach and know Jesus Christ and make him known. If I am not worshiping God on the pulpit through preaching, I do it through song,” he said.

Mangwende said it was the understanding that his own life was a life of grace, which inspired him to share the gospel to others so that all could be saved by grace and grace alone.

The pastor said he was inspired musicians like Machanic Manyeruke, whose songs he grew up listening to, The Charamabas and Brian Sibalo.

The 33-year-old pastor was born and raised in Harare before moving to Mutare in 2012.

He said between 1997 and 1998 together with a friend, Grace Magadzire, they nearly recorded their first album, but it was not to be as it became a dream deferred and forgotten.

“Meeting Matthew Karipache of Mat Studios Records was an honor as he kept insisting that I should record. His resolve then culminated in the recording of this debut album, Just As I Am.”

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