I will record under a pseudonym: Shumba

MUTARE - Award-winning gospel star Blessing Shumba says he is not keen on receiving great fame at the expense of the important Christian messages in his music.

The Mutare-based musician told the Daily News he will happily go anonymous as long as his music touches millions.

“l have come to the conclusion that people don’t need to know me to be touched by my music so l don’t see any need for me to be always in the media,” Shumba said.

“I find satisfaction when I am using public transport and I see people enjoying my music and in some cases sharing their joy with me without realising that they are talking to the creator of the music.”

The Mufaro singer added that in future, his music will be released under a pseudonym in a bid to escape unnecessary publicity.

“I have already begun a process of withdrawing my name from my compositions by introducing a pseudonym — The Psalmist. In future, my albums will only carry this title and my name will no longer be featuring,” he said.

Shumba, whose music has often been imitated by fellow artistes, also claimed that copycats do not frustrate him at all.

“In fact, being imitated makes me feel honoured. It shows that God is blessing my work and that is why some musicians imitate me because it is good work. It also shows that our music is preaching well.”

“How can I be offended when people imitate me when the music I produce is not mine? This is not my work but God’s. Nothing happens on this earth unless God permits it and that’s why l did a song called Chimwe nechimwe Chinenguva Yacho.”

The award-winning musician has urged gospel musicians to welcome being imitated by other artistes.

“Many people would obviously claim that l would have suffered a loss whenever I am imitated. Yes in the flesh it may appear so but it will not be so in reality. I will be growing. Whatever is happening is what God wants to happen and l accept it,” Shumba said.

“Zvokwadi zvokwadi, (Truly truly) l am quite impressed to see people who say this is good work and we would also want to imitate it.”

According to the Mutare-based gospel star the rampant piracy that continues to decimate Zimbabwe’s music industry makes it illogical for anyone to get into gospel music with the aim of reaping financial rewards.

“If the aim of my gospel music ministry was to make profit, then I would have quit a long time ago due to the piracy that the music industry is battling with every day,” he said.

“I am into gospel music to preach the word of God. In fact, unlike what other artistes say l don’t sit down to write my lyrics. God gives me messages to give His people just the same way he does when I deliver sermons at church

“I preach five times a week at my church. I have been preaching for the past 12 years and whenever I preach people are always surprised by the depth of my sermons.”

Shumba’s discography includes Ishe Wazvose, NdiMwari and Shongwe which were produced by Lyton Ngolomi as well as his latest 11-track album Holy Psalms Volume 1 Ndi Jesu produced by  Charles Aibeki, a former guitarist in gospel star Charles Charamba’s Fishers of Men.

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CARTRIDGE GALLERY - 5 January 2015

so we still knw that Shumba is the Psalmist so what`s the point

xixo x5 - 6 January 2015

Blessing Shumba is an xtra ardinary musician,it is notable in every release.I would like to warn him from perfoming at venues that are improper in Mutare.he need to be a good steward of that blessing from god,"muka mwanawe,mabusinessman ano kukonzeresa,chipo chaenda obva akudampa,"sungura king na jah zvave zvikorobho mamutare.

Mutarian - 6 January 2015

I really like your music my brother.you are such a blessing,may God continue to bless you.Amen.

#nahalers - 7 January 2015

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