LOCAL music producers Gibson Makumbe and Charles Ayibeki have cast their fishing nets deeper and are collaborating on a single titled Takanda, which aims at showcasing their singing prowess and unity of purpose.
BY ALBERT MASAKA
The single contains a powerful message of hope, captured in the form of a prayer and is set to rock the local gospel music fraternity upon its release soon.
Makumbe told NewsDay Life & Style during an interview at his Voice of Thunder Studios in Chitungwiza recently that apart from marketing their singing abilities, the duo had also decided to show the music fraternity that producers from different music stables could unite to produce good things.
“As producers in the same industry, the two of us saw it fit that we exhibit unity of purpose by releasing this track and, secondly, to show our fans that besides producing music, we can also sing. We are not only just producers,” he said.
Ayibeki, who was once part of the Charles Charamba’s Fishers of Men band as a keyboardist, said they were also talented musicians. He added that apart from the new track, he had already released a 15-track debut album, Tazosvikawo.
Makumbe said the message on the track Takanda was a prayer to God.
“This is based on the biblical episode involving Jesus when he met the fishermen at Lake Galilee, who had spent a long time casting their nets without any success. Jesus then ordered them to cast deeper,” he said.
“They heeded his call and their catch almost broke the nets. So we are saying to God that we have been casting our nets, so we are now casting deeper to reap heavy rewards.”
Makumbe urged fellow producers to work together and teach others new tricks in the trade, in order to enrich their productions.
“If an artiste changes stables, it’s not an issue. It does not mean they have left you forever. To the promoters, we need more shows.”
Both producers have produced music for popular gospel musicians such as Blessing Shumba, Olinda Marowa, Mathias Mhere and Flame B.