Shumba, Mhere feud rages on

HARARE - Gospel music star Blessing Shumba says he could be forced to look for a new producer yet again if fellow gospel artiste Mathias Mhere poaches his current one, Charles Aybek.

Shumba roped in Aybek to produce his latest and fourth album Holy Psalms after Mhere had released music similar to his with the help of the Mutare-based musician’s previous producer Lyton Ngolomi.

But in a classic case of history repeating itself, Mhere recently announced that his forthcoming album set for early next year will be produced by Aybek, a former guitarist in gospel music star Charles Charamba’s Fishers of Men.

The Mufaro hitmaker, who refused to mention Mhere by name yesterday, said the “stalking” by his gospel music competitor will not make him lose sleep.

“I am not panicking at all because as an artiste, I make producers create music in line with my instructions,” said Shumba.

“If I notice that some musicians, who use my current producer, release music very similar to mine then I will have no choice but to look for another producer.”

Shumba added that he would not rush to release a new album as he is keen first to assess the market and projects that will be released by his ex-producer.

“My latest album is different from previous ones because I wanted it to be like that. I deliberately wanted to create a sound different from the one on my previous albums which was being imitated.”

The Mutare-based gospel musician claimed that he has 11 songs produced by Ayibek which are still to be released.

“The 11 tracks are ready for release but I can also change the feel if need be,” said the award-winning artiste who was inspired to take up music by listening to veteran gospel musician Mechanic Manyeruke’s music and that of the late Brian Sibalo .

Efforts to get a comment from Mhere, who was in Gutu yesterday, proved fruitless.

The turf war between Mhere and Shumba dates back to 2012 when Mhere released an album titled Anoita Minana which was initially wrongly attributed to Shumba.

The fact that the two musicians’ albums, both produced by Ngolomi, sound similar prompted some gospel fans to accuse Mhere of mimicking Shumba. If Mhere goes ahead and releases an album under Ayibek, this could propel the silent war between the two award-winning musicians to new heights.

Comments (8)

Blessing Shumba's music is just a simple repetition of his previous songs. He lacks creativity when it comes to playing of different musicaal instruments. Mhere is more creative and versatile. instead of complaining I think Shumba has a thing or two to learn from Mhere

Wezhira - 4 December 2014

Wezhira, Blessing shumba is a pure gospel preaching singer not an INTERTAINVER. His music is for mature christians who have an appreciation of scriptures. On the other hand Mhere rarelsy sings doctrinal content at all. Mhere's songs manifests his bitterness to people who has wronged him in the past. You cant compare the two coz they are from completely differenct worlds. Shumba is full of scripture and does not sing personal encounters with people.

BC - 4 December 2014

who cares about these two idiots , the idea of gospel music is the spread the Word of God, in gospel music it doesn't matter who produced what who wrote what, as long there is message of God, now it seems its about the money, thats why i don't listen to that load of crap because these idiots don't sing these songs with pure heart to worship God but to make money using the Gospel. God Bless Zimbabwe

Jobho - 4 December 2014

ko uyu anotevera maproducer evamwe sei. ngaatsvake vake ega. vestupid idiot mhere.

knoxy - 5 December 2014

I dont think i will call Mhere a gospel singer. it would be an isult to inteligency to do so he is just an intertainer his music lacks the Godly touch its like listening to Sekuru Gora singing guvarangu here ndeha paruware. he is actually a misplaced singer in the gospel music industry he should stage shows with the likes of Macheso and Teddiuos Matsito. Mr Shumba your music means a lot to me in particular God be with you throughout your career.

gutsa - 5 December 2014

Please, Mhere is NOT a gospel singer, Winky D has better "gospel" tracks than any of Mhere. Blessing is way way up there and thats where he lifts your spirit.

kitsi - 5 December 2014

I listen 2 a lot of music myself, urban grooves, Sungura, House and Ive been discovring that in almost wthn any chosen genre, smething that sounds common goes along all th time. 1 person who deserves credit for creating a genre wthin th Gospel music industry is Lyton, he was creative enough 2 cme up wth diffent sound. We hve ZimDancehall, the youngsterz are nt complaining at all. The Bodyslam, was th original instrumental & all other instrumentals that hv cme by sound jst the same. No 1, complained. Ngolomi keep it up, Blessing did not pay u to keep that artistq, creative, dffrent sound just for him. The idea was yoz & even 2day u are free to record artists using that sound. Blessing I luv yo lyrics man. Mhere I luv yo creativity, otherwise the 2 of u are doing a gd job.

Tekina - 6 December 2014

Even that quarreling is entertainment to some of us you can go ahead guys otherwise each and every individual is fighting his survival wars out here and there is nothing special about the two of you. Otherwise the last time I checked on your products it was Shumba who was miles ahead.

Chii-ichocho? - 9 December 2014

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