More collaborations coming: Charamba

BULAWAYO - Veteran gospel musician Charles Charamba says his latest project WeNazareta has opened avenues for him and his wife Olivia to collaborate with other artistes.

Charamba told the Daily News during the Christ Alive Conference organised by the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM)Morningside Assembly held in the City of Kings over the weekend that he has previously turned down various invitations for collaborations.

“I used to refuse to collaborate with other artistes because we asked ourselves how we could have done that when I had not collaborated with Mai Charamba,” said the Machira Chete singer.

“As they say, charity begins at home and as such we decided to collaborate in our latest project.

“As a result from now on you are going to see us collaborating with many other musicians.”

Charamba added that they were wary of rushing into duets with other musicians before establishing themselves as serious players in Zimbabwe’s gospel music industry.

“We wanted to make a signature first that we could be identified with, so that even if I collaborate with anyone, one will be able to tell that the voice is either mine or that of Amai Charamba and I think we have managed to do that,” he said.

The Charambas, who took close to four years before releasing WeNazareta, have defended the quality of their latest offering.

“This album has got its own culture. It is the first time I have collaborated with Amai Charamba where I had to drop my style and she had to do the same.

“We had to compromise and come up with a project with a different character altogether,” Charamba said.

“The signature of the Charambas is there but the flow is different. It is a different album altogether.”

The gospel star added that WeNazareta has also turned out to be their entry point into the competitive international market.

“For years, we had failed to put our music on the international platform but this album has just done that in a very short space of time.

“It is now on the Sony Catalogue International in South Africa, iTunes and many other platforms. And to us this means a lot as it is a breakthrough in its own right,” Charamba said.

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