A gospel delight awaits local music fans next week as United Kingdom-based gospel musician-cum-promoter Timothy Ngwenya, who is one of the torch-bearers of Zimbabwean gospel music abroad is jetting into the country in preparation for the launch of his fifth album titled Taurai Neni in which he roped in top local and South African gospel artists.
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The launch of the 12-track album produced by Mozy Gavaza at Sounds God Studios is set to be held at Memorial Hall in Harare next Saturday.
“I am jetting into Zimbabwe on Monday and we get busy doing radio and television interviews and hopefully including phone in and give away a few tickets,” Ngwenya said.
“I will be in Harare sharing my fliers and CDs. Most of the days before the big day has a long programme with dates and time and it’s happening throughout the week before the concert.”
Ngwenya said he will donate to the vulnerable people as he had plans to visit Harare Children’s Home and Bumhudzo Home in Chitungwiza. He will also have lunch with orphans in Chinhoyi.
The gospel singer, who has promoted shows for local artistes as well as South African gospel music ministers in the UK under the Ebenezer Gospel Promotions banner beginning in 2015, said he had done tracks on the album with Baba Mechanic Manyeruke, Kudzie Nyakudya, Reverend Togarepi Chivaviro, Bethany Pasinawako, Tyra Chikocho aka Madam Boss and Godfrey Mondlane from South Africa.
“Taurai Neni is a 12-track album with songs, featuring Baba Manyeruke, Kudzie Nyakudya, Reverend Chivaviro, Bethany Pasinawako, Madam Boss and Godfrey Mondlane from South Africa, I am pleased to announce that all these artists will be present during the launch,” he said.
He promised free copies of the album to all the fans who will attend the show.
“It’s a great honour and I am looking forward to the album launch with so much excitement because I will be performing in Zimbabwe after a very long time. I am going to give my all during this show and all I can say is ‘this is one show you cannot afford to miss’,” he said.
Ngwenya thanked God for the overwhelming support he has been getting from fellow artistes and is grateful that some of them will be performing on the day, spreading the gospel through music.
He said he had been holding shows with Mondlane and other South African artistes since 2011 in the UK and they have developed a good relationship.
“I’ve developed excellent relationships with all artistes, be it gospel or non-gospel and there’s no criteria. I use to select who I collaborate with because choosing is not my word… it automatically happens, meaning I can work with anyone at any given time,” he said.
The artiste has promoted shows in the UK for celebrated South African gospel artistes Sipho Makhabane, Godfrey Mondlane and Nobathembu Mabeka and locals — Reverend Chivaviro, Kudzie Nyakudya, Madam Boss and is looking forward to inviting more.
Ngwenya’s music career started while at Sunday school in the Salvation Army church, from where his brother Chaka Ngwenya later took him to the studio for the first time to record under the project called Soul Seekers.
He has held concerts with fellow ministers in the industry such as pastors Charles and Olivia Charamba, Mahendere Brothers, Shingisai Siluma, Baba Manyeruke and many more, including taking part in Nguvayakwana, Red Rose and Ngaavongwe concerts.
He has shared the stage with South African artistes Rebecca Malope, the late Vuyo Mokwena, Sipho Makhabane and Mondlane.
Ngwenya cherishes his experiences in Zimbabwe and regards them as the best in the ministry because they made him who he is today.
“The UK is a different world altogether and not easy because of the language barriers,” he said.
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