Charambas open up to collaborations

When gospel couple Pastor Charles and Olivia Charamba share the stage with Oliver Mtukudzi at Harare Gardens today, they break new ground for a series of upcoming collaborations with various artistes in the studio and on stage.

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Pastor Charamba told Stand-ardlife&style that they had opened up for collaborations in a new season that would bring a new dimension to their music.

“We have not done collaborations before and this is the beginning of a new season,” said Charamba.

“We will be working with many other artists this season and we are expecting many blessed collaborations. We will work with different artistes on stage and in the studio.”

Charamba could not say whether they had plans to record anything with Mtukudzi, but was optimistic their collaboration on stage would bring something new to local showbiz.

The gospel musician said they were doing groundwork for studio collaboration with yesteryear musician Zex Manatsa.

“We chose Manatsa for one of our collaborations because he has vast experience in the industry. We have done all groundwork and we will be recording that collaboration soon. We, however, are not putting pressure on him because he has to do things at his own pace. We are happy that our fans will get to hear something from the Charambas and Manatsa.”

Charamba could not reveal the names of other musicians lining up for collaborations but hinted their next recordings would carry surprise voices.

The Charambas have gone for years without releasing new material. Pastor Charamba’s last album Pashoko Pangoma was released in 2010, while Mai Charamba last dropped a product, The Gospel, in 2009.

However, their fans apparently enjoy the old songs and there seems to be no pressure for new recordings.

Pastor Charamba said he had limited time to release new work because of his studies that he completed this year.

However, the musician said they had a number of recorded songs that could form an album anytime.

“Since we set up a studio, we are now concerned with making music more than releasing. We have recorded a number of songs that can be polished for release anytime. Making music is now our core business, and we will soon have so much recorded material in our archives.”

Pastor Charamba said they would not play the new songs at live shows because such a move would steal away the surprise factor from their upcoming projects.

The Charambas recently toured internationally and are now focussing on the local market beginning with today’s show.

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