Gospel artiste lines up live recording

BULAWAYO - Bulawayo-based gospel musician Abigail Mwembe will record live her third 14-track album titled Basking in His Glory at Bulawayo Theatre on October 11.

The live CD and DVD recording, which is Mwembe’s first ever, will be done by the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC).

Mwembe, who fronts a band called Bayandwa Baleza, told the Daily News that preparations for the event were on course.

“This is my first ever live project and I am delighted with the way preparations for the event are taking shape. We have been doing rehearsals for the past three months, so I feel everybody in the band is physically and psychologically ready for the big day,” she said.

The rising singer, who is originally from Binga, will include several Tonga tracks.

“I value my origins a lot and as such including Tonga songs is my way of promoting my language through music and dance.

“The album also has Shona and Ndebele songs,” said Mwembe.

The live CD and DVD recording, expected to run for four hours, will feature Hosanna, a Bulawayo-based gospel outfit from Harvest House Church, and an unidentified top South African musician.

Mwembe believes live recordings are the way to go.

“These days live DVDs are the in-thing .I recently performed in Zambia, Botswana and South Africa where I was able to see first-hand that live recordings have taken root.

“I have also realised that people can easily relate to your music through live performances,” she said.

The 33-year-old Mwembe, whose discography includes the albums Makabongwe (2001) and Tataleza (2005), is confident that her decade-long experience in the gospel music industry will help make her third album a quality project.

“People should expect a powerful and exhilarating musical show. My first two projects did fairly well but I think I am now well-positioned to deliver a much better product which will gain even more national prominence,” she said.

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