Judith Sephuma to grace Namatai's album launch

HARARE - Gospel power couple and former Oliver Mtukudzi’s Black Spirits band members Charles and Namatai Chipanga aka Chalenam Rhythms are set to bring South African Judith Sephuma at the launch of Namatai’s debut gospel album Grace Moments slated for August.

Charles told the Daily News that negotiations are underway between them and Sephuma.

“We want Sephuma to grace Namatai’s album launch because she (Sephuma) is one of Namatai’s role models.

“There are a number of similarities between Sephuma and Namatai, both artistes are Afro pop musicians and both started their musical career in secular music.

“We want to brand Namatai as the face of gospel music in the ladies section appealing to different audiences with international standards just like Sephuma,” said Chipanga.

Namatai fuses modern and traditional instruments in her music particularly the marimba instrument which her husband Charles described as their signature.

“The signature I played brings a unique and mature feel to the gospel circles and our group Chalenam Rhythms is the first to fuse marimba being termed a “traditional” instrument into a gospel message,” he said.

Recently Namatai released a single called Hosanna ahead of the album to be launched in style and Chipanga said the single is meant to test the market.

“We want to introduce Namatai as an artiste on her own, she has over a decade of experience doing backing vocals but now she has come out of her shell to reveal the beauty of a pearl with her talent.

“We believe the single will give Namatai the exposure as well as get the market to know the product and the artiste,” said Chipanga. - Vasco Chaya

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