SEAMLESSLY interwoven in a blend of genres and in the distinctive style that fans and critics alike have become accustomed to —— this is Inspiration by Pastor G.
The album has already garnered rave reviews on both the national music scene and beyond. Haya Higher featuring Moniq was number one on Power FM for four weeks whilst God is so Good did the same on Kenya’s Hot FM.
According to Pastor G —— real name Stanley Gwanzura —— this project was designed not only to stir believers in their faith and relationship with God but also to have a crossover quality so that it may also appeal to non-believers.
The song Inspiration co-written and produced by Andrew Baird encapsulates the main themes of the album —— an optimistic, thankful and hopeful outlook in spite of life’s challenges and a firm confidence in God’s guidance and provision.
Pastor G states that his music expresses his development and growth as both a minister and person, and as he looks into Africa —— particularly the Eastern region —— he has incorporated influences from there as well as exemplified in Wiyo Wiyo.
We are Rolling a remake of a popular chorus continues on this theme of how through the guidance of the Almighty believers are able to sidestep the ills of this world.
Due credit must be given to Pastor G for enlisting the talents of different producers, and instrumentalists such as Andrew Baird and Clive “Mono” Mkundu in making this album —— not to mention the numerous collaborations with leading gospel artists such as Gordon Taurai Nzira, and Prince Mafukidze.
In Mandipa and Thank You Pastor G sings on how he is continuously appreciative of all that God has, is and continues to do in his life.
Sticking to his roots in urban-contemporary in Better Man, he shows his versatility in Jesu Chete, a fast paced song with local flavour.
Turura, a Sani Makalima production featuring Gordon Taurai Nzira urges all those heavily laden with worldly burdens to lay them at the feet of Jesus.
For me the pick of the crop is Mubayiro in which Pastor G frankly elucidates on his pains and frustrations asking God for elevation to another level. The soothing voice of Sharon Manyika reassures him of the imminent recompense for all his toils and travails —— if he can only hold on.
A live DVD recording, Mhoroyi which features songs from back in the day, to new ones such as Zvichanaka and Tshibilika was availed simultaneously for those who want an audio and video experience.
By Ngoni Muzofa