Ten times lucky for Chivaviro

HARARE - South Africa-based gospel musician Reverend Tapera Toggy Chivaviro says his recently released 10th album Ebenezer Tiri Munyasha has given him a deserved breakthrough.

“Ebenezer for me has been the album. I knew one day my day would also come, having started recording in 1999,” Chivaviro told the Daily News.

“Ebenezer is our 10th album, but the impact we have seen so far through this album is massive. Even in remote rural areas anasekuru nana Mbuya vari kungodaidzira ‘nesuwo tiri munyasha’... I'm so humbled; it’s only by his grace.”

On Ebenezer Tiri Munyasha Chivaviro featured several leading local gospel stars who include Charles Charamba, Bethen Pasinawako-Ngolomi, Rumbi Zvirikuzhe, Kudzi Nyakudya, Mechanic Manyeruke and Noel Zembe and Lawrence Haisa.

The album was recorded at Artisan Studios in Harare and mixed and mastered at Sipho Makhabane’s Cut ‘n’ Edit Studios in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Chivaviro’s album has, however, been heavily been pirated.

“So far we have seen three different versions of Ebenezer on the streets due to piracy. At one point a certain man was imprisoned for pirating my album and adding his own name to it,” he claimed.

“But surely if the Government does not step up to assist artists nothing will happen, piracy has killed many music careers.”

The success of the album earned Chivaviro a maiden tour of the United Kingdom last month.

“Our maiden UK tour was hosted and facilitated by Royal Destiny, a southern African music group based in the UK. This came about after the impact of Ebenezer which has gone viral through social networks mainly in Europe, USA and Australia among others,” he said

“A lot of people began to enquire about us after hearing that song and that led to Royal Destiny inviting us for two concerts in Leicester and London. We had attracted hundreds in attendances in both concerts.

“Though not on the schedule, we ended slotting in an extra ministration upon invitation in Birmingham on Sunday 7th June at Prophet Eubert Angels Spirit Embassy church, which again was fully packed.”

Chivaviro, whose albums include Peace, Hope and Love (1999), Power (2000), Best of Rev TT Chivaviro (2006),  The Return (2009) and Ishe Taungana (2013), has been impressed by the professionalism exhibited by the South African music industry.

“The South African music industry is more professional in approach and nature. There is unity of purpose amongst musicians regardless of genre. I have seen a positive step towards that in Zimbabwe where a WhatsApp group that has all top gospel artists has been created and the discussions there are top class and professional, leading to big ideas that are uniting artists,” he said.

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