LOCAL gospel outfit Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Voice of Mbare left the country on Friday for an Easter holiday tour of Lilongwe, Malawi where they are expected to perform at three different concerts.
BY WINSTONE ANTONIO
Speaking to The Standard Style before their departure, CCAP Voice of Mbare chairperson William Mikaye said they will use the tour as part of a 2016 strategy to take their music beyond borders, while at the same time spreading the word of God through music.
“This year we will be fulfilling our promises to perform for our fans in different parts of the world starting with regional shows,” Mikaye said.
“Touring Malawi kickstarts our project that will see CCAP Voice of Mbare taking its music to the fans. After touring the region, we will then focus on other countries.
“Malawian citizens are our brothers and sisters, so performing in Malawi is just like performing at home. We are happy that during the tour we will share the stage with celebrated Malawian artists, among them Lucius Banda and several gospel groups.”
Indications are that CCAP Voice of Mbare commands a huge following in Malawi due to their Chewa lyrics and their music is receiving fair air play on several radio stations in that country.
“We continuously get calls from Malawi, with people supporting our music and it has good reception as it is been regularly played on their radio stations,” Mikaye said.
Last year the group featured renowned Malawian singer Skeffa Mulongoti Chimoto on three songs Freedom, Nyasha and Ambuye Alinane off their album titled Flash Back recorded at Eternity Productions by renowned producer MacDee.
Mikaye — who is also the sponsor of the popular programme called Clash of the Choirs on a local radio station — is also working on a number of projects with popular gospel musicians, among them Mathias Mhere, Sebastian Magacha, Machanic Manyeruke and Thembelani.
Formed in 1985, CCAP Voice of Mbare is a 17-male member group. They recorded their first album Nga Nga Nga in 1996, second album Ishe Makanaka (1998), Alemekezeke (2002), Kufamba naJesu (2004), Jesu Ndiye Wangu (2006), Mbiri Kuna Mwari (2010) as well as Kune Musha and Flash Back that were released last year.