Shumba to retain producer

HARARE - Award-winning gospel artiste Blessing Shumba has ruled out ditching producer Lyton Ngolomi who is also in charge of emerging musician Mathias Mhere.

The gospel music grapevine has been awash with claims that Shumba was about to dump Ngolomi due to Mhere’s album Anoita Minana’s supposed resemblance to his own music.

But Mhere told the Daily News yesterday that reports of bad blood between him and Ngolomi were unfounded.
“I do not think changing stable is the solution here but definitely something is going to be done to avoid a situation of this nature in future,” said Shumba.

“Yes people say there are some similarities between my music and that of Mhere but to me that is totally untrue”.

The Mutare-based gospel star added that he will soon be arranging a meeting with his producer where they will plan for the future.

“To be honest I respect Ngolomi, he knows his job. I recorded three albums with him— Ishe Wazvose, NdiMwari which won a Nama as the best album in 2011 and Shongwe which was nominated as the best album in 2012 again by Nama. All these albums have been real “bombs”, he said.

Shumba justified forming his own backing band to replace Lyton and wife Bethen Pasinawako and Brian Ngolomi who have been backing him during live shows.

“I decided to assemble my own outfit which is committed to me leaving the seasoned session artistes to the young and still rising musicians like Mhere who need them more than me.

“The Ngolomis were in the industry before me, I found them doing their job and why should I want to stop them from producing other artistes like me?”

Shumba said he is happy with the performance of his new band and they are set to tour Mozambique on April 7 and 8.

“The band is doing very well and on April 7 we will be performing in Manica while the following day we will be in Chimoio in Mozambique for the first time,” he said. -
Vasco Chaya

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