FORGOTTEN gospel musician Elizabeth Manyowa is set to end her nine-year sabbatical with the release of her new album titled Mazuva Okuipa to be released next month.
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Manyowa ventured into showbiz in 1998 with the release of her debut album Tsvakai Jehova, which she recorded with the help of her brother pastor Canaan Mashonganyika, who later introduced her to Pastor Admire Kasi.
On the forthcoming project, a six-track album, which is Manyowa’s fourth studio production, she has roped in the services of famous gospel singer Rumbie Zvirikuzhe on the track Ndauya.
Songs that also makes up the album are Tsvakai Jehova, title track Namazuva Okuipa, Nzvimbo Yomweya, When Times Are Bad, Ndauya and Vakatsungirira.
In an interview with The Standard Style, Manyowa said she had taken a long break to concentrate on her diplomatic work. She said she was confident the album would bring back her glory days on the gospel scene.
“I am relaunching my career with this new album, which I believe will win the hearts of many followers of gospel music. On this album, I decided to do some of my songs off my previous albums as I feel I did not do justice to the songs in terms of marketing,” she said.
Manyowa, who draws inspiration from her mother Apostle Fatima Makuvaza, said the album title was derived from Mathew 24 as she was meditating the Word of God.
“I realised we are living in such days of much iniquity where humankind is even marrying animals for a husband or wife. Hunger is everywhere, war and rumours, among other things,” she said.
Manyowa paid tribute to Pastor Carol Mujokoro and Ivy Kasi for identifying the talent in her as well as grooming her to be the musician she is today.
An evangelist at her church Stone of Help Ministries founded by Apostle Makuvaza, Manyowa said she started her music career at a very tender age in church where she would stand on a chair to sing so that all congregants from behind would see her since she was very short.
Albums under her sleeve are Tsvakai Rugare, a 2007 production, and Ndauya released in 2009.