Songbird defies health scare


THERE is no stopping United Kingdom-based Zimbabwean gospel artiste Phamiah “Phammy” Macheka, who overcame a career-threatening health scare to work on her third album, which is set for release this week.


Phammy also roped in top local gospel musicians on the eight-track album, Deborah Arise, which she said contains messages of inspiration, encouragement and comfort.

While the album will be launched live on a local radio station, plans are afoot for a live launch next year.

Phammy, whose career was once threatened when she lost her voice, expressed delight that her latest project — featuring fellow artistes Olinda Marowa and Benson William on the songs Ishe Komborera and Kunge Mwari Asiko respectively — was now on course.

“I managed to mingle with plenty of gospel divas who gave me the energy to keep on working hard in my projects. It’s so amazing what God has done in my life. I went through a lot of struggles, including totally losing my voice, but God is faithful. Today I’m here standing firm as a perfect testimony,” she said.

Phammy also expressed gratitude to her brother-cum-manager, Givemore Macheka, and producer, Gibson Makumbe of Voice of Thunder Studios.

To date, the artiste has released two albums — Musandipfuura and Zvakanaka — and the later has enjoyed generous airplay since 2016.