Charambas delight Australian audiences

HARARE - Pastor Charles and Olivia Charamba performed to full houses during their recent four concert tour of Australia.

Popularly known as Fishers of Men, the duo performed in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth.

“I was amazed with the kind of support we have in Australia and in particular in cities like Perth and Sydney which registered capacity audiences,” said Pastor Charamba.

He said their audience comprised four percent whites with the rest being blacks. “We have blacks coming to our concerts in droves. Zimbabweans usually pack our shows with other notable nationals being Sudanese and Kenyans.”

The Charambas left for South Africa where they performed in Cape Town on Saturday. “We performed in Cape Town on Saturday and we were surprised by the support we got,” said Pastor Charamba this week.

He said this will be their last international engagement this year. “After this South African concert we will be concentrating on local showcases until year end.

“We have this year done Canada and Mozambique and we are happy with the showcases’ outcome.  We have always reserved the festive holiday for local families concerts and this year is no exception,” said Pastor Charamba.

The Charambas have their next home date at Harare Gardens on November 3 where they will perform alongside music star Oliver Mtukudzi.

The Charambas believe their music knows no boundaries as it is enjoyed even with those who did not speak the local languages.

The gospel singer said they have in the past toured Europe and America where audiences did not understand their lyrics, but appreciated the rhythm and beat.

“While overseas audiences do not understand our languages, they like what we play and enjoy the rhythmic sounds accompanying our lyrics. They dance throughout our performances and are amazed at our sound. It is sungura, African and raw,” said Charamba.

The singer, who doubles as an ordained Church Pastor said overseas audiences were particular with the whole sound.

“They say our music is unique. They like the fast paced guitars and the overall sound which to them is authentic and fresh to their ears. To them our music is a joyous celebration of gospel inclined sounds coming from a different continent,” he said.

Amai Charamba said it was interesting to realise that in the UK and America most of their audiences, while black were not Zimbabweans.

“In the beginning we thought that all blacks attending our concerts were Zimbabweans but were surprised to later learn that they were actually from other countries like Ghana, Nigeria or Kenya.

“But they enjoyed our music as it comprises this African flavour which they easily identified with. It is quite a blessing how different nationals could so easily team up for our blissful gigs, clapping and dancing,” said Amai Charamba.

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