Zembe picks up guitar, ropes in Jah Prayzah

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YESTERYEAR gospel musician Noel Zembe, who has been kept away from the music circles because of economic challenges and an accident that nearly claimed his life in 2013, said he was now considering another run in music.

BY CLIFF CHIDUKU

The Ndaiwana Hama hit-maker said during the past five years he had been in the music wilderness, his sixth sense kept telling him that it was time to return to the stage and the reception his latest offering Nguva YaMwari is getting has strengthened his resolve.

“Since the country was facing economic challenges, I have been in and out of the country for a couple of years. After things normalised I came back, but that was when I faced another misfortune as I was involved in a near-fatal accident in Mbare where I broke my leg,” Zembe said.

“This is the beginning of great things. I can assure gospel music lovers that those good old days are back. Since I have fully recovered, a number of shows are on cards and my new album (Nguva Yamwari) is just an appetiser of what we have in store for fans.”

Zembe’s last release was Jesu Murapi in 2008. Nguva YaMwari, with eight tracks, is Zembe’s sixth album and carries social commentary.

On the first track Risvike Ikoko, Zembe features contemporary musician Jah Prayzah to add a different feel on the album. On featuring Jah Prayzah, Zembe said: “There is no doubt that he is the man of the moment and since I am announcing my comeback, I thought a collaboration with a good old friend in Jah Prayzah would not only do the trick, but add a different flavour.”

On Ikoko and Chisuwo, Zembe features another great gospel musician, Hick Gwarimbo. Tracks that complete the album are Vomiramira, Chiedza and Rudo. The Dzivarasekwa-based musician attributed his recovery to God and thanked United Family International Church (UFIC) founder Emmanuel Makandiwa and other well-wishers who took heed of his SOS call and held his hand during what he called the most difficult chapter in his life.

“I would like to thank well-wishers who donated money towards my medication, but special mention goes to Prophet Makandiwa.”
Zembe, who is now a member of UFIC, started music in the early ’80s as a member of Scanners International where they released a single Chauya Chauya.

The band was later renamed Black Fusion before changing its name again to Frontline Kids.