Charambas cherish Australian tour

HARARE - Pastor Charles Charamba, who recently completed a three-date tour of Australia with the Fishers of Men, is convinced that Zimbabwean music is headed for greater heights.

He believes that soon Zimbabwe will be at the same level with countries like Jamaica, India, Britain, Brazil and the United States of America who are music global powerhouses.

“We only need to believe in ourselves. God is no respecter of persons, He can entrust us with the responsibility of musical ministry in the same way He has done it elsewhere.”

Together with his wife, Olivia, Pastor Charamba last month completed a three-date tour of Australia where Zimbabweans based there were taken down memory lane.

The Charambas performed in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth on September 5, 6 and 7 where their music CDs were sold out.

“It was a shame that WeNazareta, the latest album was not available to many as it quickly sold out.”

Pastor Charamba said while on tour in Australia he was impressed with how Zimbabweans living there — who make the larger part of the audience — managed to rewind to yesteryear, as they recollected certain experiences that were associated with Fishers of Men’s music.

“This normally creates a charged atmosphere, which prompts people to dance.

“Some opted to remain calm and reserved while enjoying the music with others involuntarily starting to pray.

“Gospel music can be very emotional. Many times we would find the whole venue engulfed in the presence of God, which makes people behave differently.”

Pastor Charamba said a seasoned artiste from any continent would attest to the fact that it was not easy for a foreign group to attract locals to a concert which is paid for.

“Ministering at such concerts is not the same as playing at a Church conference or some kind of festival where the audience may attend not by persuasion but coincidence.”

He said in terms of attendance they had learned that each territory had its own characteristics that inspired the size and nature of attendance.

“All the three venues attracted crowds; however, Perth seemed to have surpassed the other venues.”

The singer said fans enjoyed the experience in a way that was so encouraging.

“We always try to make some brief pre-announcements, highlighting the main thrust of each song to assist those who do not understand our language.  

“We presented both yesteryear and recently-released songs.

“Due to the spiritual nature of our music and calling, we usually pray to God for a suitable playlist ahead of most of our ministrations and performances.

“We also pick up titles that are requested by our audiences through social media or phone.”

Pastor Charamba said while on tour, the Holy Spirit became a special part and member of the whole event, testimony was what transpired at almost all the three venues they performed.

“We don’t believe in showcasing our musical abilities but answer the calls of the audience through a godly-inspired song list.

“The challenge with our discography is that it is very difficult to leave out any song, fans are unforgiving if we leave out any of their favourite songs and we had to plead with the audience that we have to perform the omitted ones next time lest we made the concerts a series of festivals.”

Pastor Charamba, who has performed in Australia before said one notable change they noticed was related to the improvement in terms of numbers, particularly in Melbourne, which registered slightly fewer patrons last year.

“It is not so easy to have a mixture of colour in musicals that are paid for.

“The ratio of white residents against Zimbabweans or Africans in the Diaspora seemed to have rapidly grown, particularly in Melbourne, and Sydney.”

The singer added that notably they also had few fellow blacks from Fiji.

“It is always fulfilling to minister to people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, which is a fulfillment of Matthew 28 verse 19 that instructs us to ‘preach to all nations’.”

The Fishers of Men leader said they managed to successfully introduce songs from their new album, weNazerata to the audience.

“We had a torrid time trying to move on after presenting a few of them. We seemed to flow together on the song Men of David as if we were stage-managing the performance.

“They instantly mastered the song such that we became one body of singers each time we turned to the chorus.

“At the Melbourne concert, the song Ndiwe, was almost presented thrice.

“People could not have enough of the duet; thank God they figured out its relevance.

“Songs like Machira Chete, Nyika Zimbabwe, Ndoga Handimire, Mhinduro iripo, Africa Restore Identity, Rute and Buruka were irresistible.”

He added that songs with a sungura flair like Ibasa Rangu and Kana Vanhu Vangu induced dancing so much that one felt like going on and on playing the tune.

“We tried our best to play each song in brief so that we met the demands of a wider audience.”

The band that went on the Australian tour  comprised three singers namely Mai Charamba, Beverly Chenera, and Charamba as well as instrumentalists; Michael Anatori, Victor Paulos, Tatenda Masimo, Joshua Perreira Jasi and Laiton Saizi.

Pastor Charamba said there were plans to tour Canada, The Emirates and Ireland “although we are more confident to confirm tours that are going to take place regionally in Namibia and South Africa before year-end.”

Comments (4)

Wenazarreta album is a poor offering from Charamba. His works are deteriorating ever day, That copy cat is better than him. Go back to basics pastor

derrick - 19 September 2014

Yah! u got it right Derrick. ere z need for Pastor to revisit e old versions.

jbchimana - 19 September 2014

I am saddened by our zimbabwean artists who go out of the country on the so called sold out tours and just perform to a handful of zimbabweans in that country they tour in some small halls and rooms and back home the media lie to us and say they had amazing shows.How can charamba say we will soon be on the same plate with USA ,UK etc.thats rubbish.How can they sell our brand worldwide when they only perform to some few Zimbos.The artists like Zimpraise,Tembalami,Sabastian magacha and some atha gospel artist have been going to Canada,USA,UK,Aussie but just to perform for some ZImbos there.Imi itai serious jesu handiti.We want to get Zim music out there.Look for good music promoters vanokuita expose to different audience of different culture and different nationalities ndiko uti titi yes they are selling our brands.Nxaa.Lira toured USA and she perfumed to different audience.We have musicians such as Blessing Chimanga of Zimbo-Ita,Hope Masike and the USA-now Malaysia based Innovators whom you don't even know who have managed to represent us well by aperfoming to packed venues and singing to different audience,those guys can compete internationally if given support kwete izvi.Nigerians are way ahead coz they don't just perform to some nigerians out of their country.They go on tour and sing to everyone.Pliz pliz tipeiwo maserious.

Samson SImango - 22 September 2014

yeah. pastor you must revisit ur old versions

Anotida - 10 March 2015

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