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Tembalami shifts to East Africa

By Albert Masaka

PROLIFIC gospel musician Temba “Tembalami” Tagwirei is spreading the gospel to East Africa and beyond following the release of his video Waweza, which was sung in four different languages that included English, Swahili, Shona and Spanish.

The track, which also features Costa Rican gospel musician Sofi Mendez, was premiered on YouTube channel on Thursday and within an hour it had over 500 views.

Soon after its release, Thembalami told the Standard Style that Waweza was a precursor to his fifth album set for release soon.

“It’s our first single from our forthcoming album, the song Waweza means God is able,” he said.

What may have influenced the young Zimbabwean gospel musician to record in East Africa was the success of his song Sawa, a collabo with Kenyan songstress, Evelyn Wanjiru which topped the charts on Kenyan radio stations.

Sawa is off Tembalami’s latest album entitled The Fight, which has been a huge success in many parts of Africa.

“We travelled to Kenya beginning of November that’s when we recorded the song and it was an amazing experience because Sofi is from Costa Rica. She is Hispanic, so she had to add some Spanish there and then Shona, English and Swahili because we were in Kenya,” he said.

“It’s a fresh look in a new direction. We are heading towards East Africa now.

“The song was such a blessing it was produced by Mac Dee, Macdonald Chidavaenzi, the video was directed by director Leoy V, he is the one who directed the video Mirira, we took him to Kenya.

The gospel singer, has mastered the art of successfully selling his music on digital platforms.

“We thank God for opening doors and it’s also being distributed on other digital platforms including Boomplay, which is the biggest digital distribution platform in Africa. They have over 60 million subscribers.

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