New musician storms gospel scene

HARARE -  Pastor Mishaq Svodziwa has stormed the Zimbabwean gospel music scene with an impressive nine-track debut titled Jesu Moto.

Svodziwa was backed by the equally talented Worship Culture band on the promising album that contains Shona and Ndebele songs.

The album is an exciting blend of different genres including reggae, rhythm and blues, soul, jiti as well as folk music.

Jesu Moto seeks to remind people that only Jesus has the power over both the physical and spiritual realms. The album also seeks to emphasise that God who is the giver of gifts is the one who should be worshipped not the gift.

"Nowadays people go to church in pursuit of material gain at the expense of a deeper relationship with Christ who should be the main focus of our faith," Pastor Svodziwa told the Daily News.

Tracks on the album include Kutenda Kwangu, Minamato, Umoya, Moto, Siyambong uJehovha, Mweya  Mutsvene, Sechiedza, Handina Nyadzi and Ndadzoka Mudanga.

Pastor Svodziwa and the Worship Culture, who are currently working on recording videos for the songs on the album, had an opportunity to share the stage with Mathias Mhere and Agatha Murudzwa at a recent family show in the Harare Gardens.

Besides singing, Mishaq, who was born and bred in Bulawayo, is a pastor at Church of Christ.

"I intend to pursue my studies to as far as attaining a doctorate in the field. I also enjoy doing charity work," added Pastor Svodziwa who recently graduated with a diploma in Religious and Pastoral Studies and in Theology.

The upcoming musician, who says he draws inspiration from his mother, is confident that he has what it takes to make a mark both nationally and internationally.

"I need to use music to spread and declare the word of God in a lost world that needs hope, love, faith and sound teaching. The world is slowly trading true worship for corrupt faith which tolerates and embraces ungodliness," he said.

Worship Culture consists of Pastor Abraham Jiri, Pastor Nicholas Charukwa, Tavonga Robert Phiri, Limbikani Kopolo, Gideon Kwenda, Tinashe, Ruth Musindo, Tariro Jabangwe, S'thabile Dube and George Gwerume.

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