'Favour' abounds at Mhere's album launch

HARARE - Red-hot gospel musician Mathias Mhere’s third album launch on Monday night — attended by several politicians and fellow musicians — showed the young gospel artiste is now in the realm of favour.

The launch of Nguva   Yenyasha at Jameson Hotel in Harare was graced by Tourism and Hospitality minister Walter Mzembi, former Information Communication Technology minister Nelson Chamisa, parliamentarian Joseph Chinotimba and several high-profile captains of industry.

For a musician, who until the release of the blockbuster second album Anoita Minana was virtually unknown, the Monday night launch was indeed the coming to pass of his hit song Favour.

The 24-year-old musician performed the tracks Number Busy, Zino Irema and Idya Tafura that were generally well-received by the audience.

While it is still too early to judge whether Nguva Yenyasha will match the dizzy heights scaled by Anoita Minana, Mhere is optimistic it will propel him to greater heights.

“I have confidence in this album though fans have the final say,” the Saints of God front-man told the Daily News during the colourful launch.

Guest of honour Mzembi used the occasion to once again explain the Zimbabwe government’s desire to exploit religious tourism.

“The Church is one of the major contributors to tourism nowadays,” said Mzembi.

“Churches are increasingly becoming major draw cards of tourists. Look at what TB Joshua is doing in Nigeria.

“Millions of people are visiting Nigeria specifically for TB Joshua and we are sure that the growing of church business in Zimbabwe will translate into the growth of the local tourism industry.”

The eight-track album Nguva Yenyasha recorded at Lyton Studios received the highest bid of $500 from Goldtech Electronics proprietor Lloyd Ngwenya during the album’s auction.

Chinotimba pledged $400 with several other personalities paying amounts ranging from $100 and $450.

The tracks on Mhere’s new album are: Ziya Rangu, Idya Tafura, Zino Irema, Number Busy, Mhandu Yedu, Peter Peter, Pamazuva Angu and Mutsvene Mutsvene.

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