BY ADMIRE JAMU-MLAMBO
GOSPEL musician and producer Jonathan Mugazi (pictured) has bounced back into mainstream music with a new 12-track album titled Ngariende Shoko after a two-year sabbatical.
Mugazi, a veteran singer who sang his way into the limelight after being introduced to gospel music by veterans Mechanic Manyeruke and Charles Charamba, last released an album (Rudo) in 2018 before going into hibernation.
“I tried to use the experience I gained in my music career to come up with an appealing product to the people,” he told NewsDay Life & Style at the weekend.
The latest offering carries the tracks Ndakauya Ndega, Moyo Wangu, Huyai kuna Jesu, Eloi, Mhinduro Ndimwi Mwari, Show Me Your Way, Sora Nezviyo, Tendai Kunababa, Aiwa Vanhuwe, Vhurai Moyo, Zarura and Halleluiah.
The 42-year-old keyboardist revealed that he decided to name his latest album Ngariende Shoko as an encouragement for people to spread the Word of God across corners of the world.
“I decided to name my album Ngariende Shoko because at our church, we always do gospel crusades where the Word of God is preached to the people and we then expect the congregants to go and spread the word,” Mugazi said.
The Divine Gospel frontman, who has also produced music for Tamuka Marodza and Manyeruke, among other artistes, said he was ready to work with up-and-coming artistes.
“I have a five-year plan where I have decided to dedicate my life to encouraging and assisting up-and-coming artistes free of charge to those financially incapable,” he said.
Mugazi, one of the most talented musicians and producers with 10 albums under his belt, said the sky was the limit.
The award-winning creative honed his music skills through Charamba’s Fishers of Men before he crossed the bridge to join veteran gospel artiste Manyeruke as a keyboardist.