By Style Reporter
Top gospel musician Blessing Shumba gave a foretaste of his forthcoming album titled Ndimweya when he performed one of the songs titled Deborah at the Ring Driving School ISO certification ceremony in Harare on Friday, and people liked it.
The award-winning gospel musician told Standard Style on Friday that fans should brace for his new project — a 12-track album that will be launched in the capital on Thursday.
“I have composed and recorded over 400 songs, but the dilemma had been, which 12 songs should be on the new album,” Shumba said.
“It’s an album that is anchored on the theme of the Holy Spirit. Remember we had the albums NdiMwari and NdiJesu with this particular one Ndimweya, which speaks about the Holy Spirit.
“The title track tries to unpack the Holy Spirit — Who is He? And what does that mean? — among other questions, while Huya Mweya, another track, speaks about the coming-in of the Holy Spirit.”
The new album was produced at the musician’s own Psalmist Studios, where it went through the hands of Charles Ayibeki, Joseph Makiwa and Olin Anderson.
Shumba’s wife, Pauline, who is one of the backing vocalists, features on the album with a song titled Farai.
“She is chipping in with a song titled Farai. It’s themed around happiness and it is her first song,” Shumba said.
Other songs on the album include Deborah, Anoita Zvishamiso and Secret, among others.
The 40-year-old musician’s last album titled My Season, released in 2017, did very well on the music scene with some of the songs scooping accolades on national radio and television.
Shumba, who started his music career with an apostolic choral group called Vakushi VeShoko in 2001, said his association with Ring Driving School had added value to his music.
“I am happy with my relationship with Ring Driving School. It has opened avenues for me and brought financial stability to the group. As result of this association, I am now a brand ambassador of other organisations and thanks to Ring Driving School,” he said.
His other albums include Ishe Wazvose, Anoita Minana, Ndimwari and Shongwe.
Shumba said it takes prayer and hard work to be recognised than one good hit song.