Zim promoter dates Malope

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ZIMBABWEAN gospel music artiste-cum-promoter, Otis Mahlatsi, has revealed that he is working on a new album with top South African gospel artiste, Rebecca Malope.

BY ALBERT MASAKA

Mahlatsi, who is based in South Africa, said according to their projections the album will be available early next year.

“Right now, I am working on a new album with Rebecca Malope called Ngibone, which should come out in January,” he said.

Mahlatsi also told NewsDay he was committed to supporting and promoting the gospel by funding local upcoming gospel artistes.

He said he jetted into the country last week to attend Trymore Bande’s album launch and to put finishing touches to the recently established local branch of his construction business.

Mahlatsi, who is a gospel musician in his own right with two albums to his name, said as part of corporate social responsibility efforts, they have decided to use his company, Oteka Construction and Welding, as a vehicle to support upcoming gospel musicians and to fund the training of pastors.

“As a Christian I specifically groom gospel artistes. My calling is to make sure that people know God’s word as much as I am a musician. My first album, Mwari Anoziva, was launched in 2013 in Zimbabwe,” he said.

“I always want to take things back home. Right now my wife and I started a project to take student pastors to college and pay for them,” he said.

Mahlatsi is well-known in SA gospel circles and has played alongside Solly Mahlangu and Charles and Olivia Charamba during the Open Heavens concert organised by the Apostolic Faith Mission.