SOUTH Africa-based Zimbabwean gospel musician Alpha Nyaradzai Nhambure says collaborating with fellow gospel musicians on her second eight-track album Muzita Rashe helped her sharpen her career.
BY STAFF REPORTER
“Collaborating with fellow gospel artistes, Itai Sandras of the Tinosimudza Maoko fame and Trymore Bande, has opened up new ideas and given me insight into how others compose music,” Nhambure said.
“I have realised that besides giving gospel music lovers variety, collaborations unite artistes. I am open for collaborations and prepared to feature any gospel artistes to preach through music.”
On her latest offering, Muzita Rashe, which was launched recently at Chidodo in Uzumba, Nhambure — a civil engineer by profession — featured Bande and Sandras on wedding song Makoti, Pedyo Nomuchinjikwa and Tinomurumbidza.
“I decided to record this project in Zimbabwe with Charles Ayibeki of Divine Records to help me stay in touch with local trends,”she said.
The latest album comes after the success of her debut 10-track album titled The Alpha, which was recorded at Ukhamba Studios in South Africa by SJ (real name Thulani Mhlongo).
Several renowned and upcoming gospel musicians, among them Bande, Sandras and Bishop Andrew Majuru of Spiritual Kingdom Church graced the launch that was led by Pastor George Mandizvidza of Assembles of God.
The Gutu-bred musician said the album— a fusion of Zimbabwean traditional and Afro Jazz sounds — would be accompanied by a DVD.
“I will be releasing a video for Makoti and That Was a Goodbye — dedicated to all those who lost their beloved ones through road or air accidents. I composed the song after witnessing two fatal accidents that killed several people on the same spot,” Nhambure said.
It carries songs Makoti, Tinomurumbidza, title track Muzita Rashe, That was a Goodbye, Jesui Number 1, The Day the Lord Has Made, Tinomurumbidza, Pedyo Nemuchinjikwa and Ndinouya Jesu.
Nhambure said the praise and worship songs, on the album were aimed at winning souls to the kingdom of God.
“I composed my music in such a way that when one listens to it, it must transform his or her life. Muzita Rashe is a version of a Reformed Church in Zimbabwe hymn that I learnt from my grandmother, but it is unfortunate that she passed on before the release of the album.”
On the track Tinomurumbidza, a praise and worship song I featured Trymore Bande and Talent Chigwana,” she said.