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New gospel offering impresses

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WITH some of the country’s top gospel musicians like Pastor Charles Charamba and his wife Olivia as well as Blessing Shumba having released their much-
anticipated albums, some people would like to believe that the job this year has been done in as far as releasing impressive albums is concerned.

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On the contrary, some thrilling new releases are actually being unleashed onto the market and given the necessary marketing and airplay they deserve; the albums will surely cause a stir and leave a mark.

One of such new offering is an album titled Ndinotenda by talented gospel diva Tryphin Tigere-Foya.

Although the album is still young on the market, it is the overwhelming and favourable response it is getting on the airwaves that proves that the artiste put a lot of effort to come up with a product of such quality and appeal.

While Mai Foya is basking in this glory, she, however, said she is still baffled by how the album found its way onto the informal music market via piracy.

“I am actually trying to figure out how this (piracy) happened. At the moment, all I know is that the music has been pirated and people are asking me how this happened, to which I do not have an answer,” she said.

That aside, Ndinotenda has all the hallmarks of an album that will go places judging from the adept lyrical compositions coupled with the catchy and crafty beats.
To make it more appealing, Mai Foya roped in the services of seasoned music producer Oscar Chamba who together with Blek combined to make it a sure-fire project.
The album opens with the track, Vondisimudzira about how God uplifts people in their lives.

According to the musician, it is only through investing faith in God that people are rewarded.

A similar thread is followed in the next track Kupemberera which most people who will be celebrating milestones or achievements in their lives, will without doubt fall in love with, especially at parties and other gatherings.

Ikoko is about how Heaven is the ultimate destination after we have sojourned on earth, while Kusangana Nemi is closer to Ikoko in terms of message.
The rest of the songs on the album are – the title track Ndotenda, Kumatenga, Huya Mweya and Panyika.

“On this album, I was trying to inspire people to look on the bright side of life and shift from the tendency of always mourning every day. God gave us some good things in life which are worth celebrating, hence the title Ndinotenda,” said Mai Foya.

Born in Goromonzi, Mai Foya said she started singing at a very tender age, a talent that she later took further as a member of the Ambassadors of Christ Ministries International.

“Music has always been flowing in my blood. I used to sing in church and people would remark how my voice was appealing. I later decided to go professional by recording my music,” she said. This was to give birth to her catalogue of albums, Ngavanamatwe (2006), Tiwanirei Nyasha (2010), Ndichauyako (2012), Topira Zvose (2013) as well as the latest project, Ndinotenda.

With the assistance of her husband Taengwa Foya, the mother of five also saw her passion for music prodding her to set up her own studio, Sepp Records, which opened its doors to artistes in 2009.

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