SEASONED gospel musician, Stanley Gwanzura, popularly known as Pastor G, has urged gospel musicians to be consistent and creative if their careers are to grow.
BY WINSTONE ANTONIO
Speaking on Sunday at the Star FM Top 50 Gospel Great prize giving ceremony, where five gospel artistes were honoured for their songs, which were voted the best five of the competition Pastor G said: “Gospel musicians must be creative and consistent even if they are not making money through music, as they will be ministering through their works.
“They must be creative, learn to write songs and if one is not able to write, he or she can approach someone who can do it, rather than just concentrating on hymns.”
The Mabiribobi hitmaker said the gospel genre was evolving and has become one of the most produced in the country.
His sentiments were echoed by another celebrated gospel musician, Charles Charamba, who said gospel music was on the rise.
“There might be artistes who come and go, but that does not mean the genre is tumbling, no, it is very much alive and growing with a number of artistes and choirs emerging from different parts of the country,” he said.
Meanwhile, top gospel musicians, Michael Mahendere, Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave, Munyaradzi Munodawafa, Togarepi Chivaviro and Heartfelt Ministries Choir received an assortment of hampers and certificates for their songs, which were voted the competition’s top five.
William Mikaye, director of Rayclash Trading, which sponsors the competition, said they were committed to promoting gospel music.
“The programme has proved to be popular among gospel music followers, drawing a huge listenership and, as a way of giving back to the community, we decided to honour both the artistes and the listeners,” he said.