The return of Bethen Pasinawako-Ngolomi


HARARE - After lying low for the past four years, gospel musician Bethen Pasinawako-Ngolomi has bounced back into the limelight.

Bethen has just released a potentially-explosive eight-track album titled Paita Nyasha that was produced by her husband Lyton Ngolomi.

The eight-track album is in the running for this year’s edition of the Zimbabwe Music Awards (Zima).

Songs making Pasinawako-Ngolomi’s latest project are Ndakuziva Ndiwe, Ngavararame, My Papa, Ndidzidzise, Avo, Hama Namata, Mupendero and Denga.

The gospel star is convinced that the Zima nomination will help make her a serious player on the local gospel music scene.

“It is a blessing and I have been overwhelmed by the Zima nomination and the positive response my latest album is generating. Being nominated alone is a big achievement considering the fact that I released Paita Nyasha after a four-year break,” she said.

Her other albums include Aripo (2009), Anotida (2010) and Anesu Jesu (2011).

Interestingly, Pasinawako-Ngolomi will battle it out for the Zima Best Traditional Gospel Music Award with artistes that she has worked with before.

These are Rev Toggy Chivaviro (Ebenezer), Blessing Shumba (NdiJesu), Mathias Mhere (Glory to Glory) and Grace Murudzwa (Grace Period).

The gospel artiste collaborated with Chivaviro’s on his red-hot latest album Ebenezer alongside local gospel stars like Charles Charamba, Noel Zembe, Rumbie Zvirikuzhe, Pastor Haisa, Kudzi Nyakudya and Mechanic Manyeruke.

From 2011 until this year’s release of Paita Nyasha, Pasinawako-Ngolomi provided backing vocals to mainly upcoming artistes recorded at her husband’s stable called LytON Studios.

“I think it is part of my calling to help people in society. I really felt comfortable assisting emerging musicians with backing vocals. I was really enjoying that though my fans were piling pressure on me to give them something new, now I am happy that Paita Nyasha is now on the shelves and the demand is high,” she said.

In the midst of providing backing vocals to LytON Studios artistes, Pasinawako-Ngolomi co-led a choral group called Xtreme Afrique that is slowly providing stiff competition to established choirs like ZimPraise.

Xtreme Afrique is in the running for the Zima Best Choral Group Award in which their song Chisikwa is battling it out with Makumbe High School’s Nomoyo and Sebastian Magacha-led African Joy’s song Battle Against Evil.

The rising choir is also in the running for the
Africa Golden Virtual Awards to be held in Canada on December 27.

As southern Africa’s representatives, Xtreme Afrique will compete against Labe’l, a musical group from Cameroon, Chorale Notre Dame De La Salette from Gabon and Nigeria’s Lara George in the best African Gospel Artist/Group.

“God is doing wonders for me and our group Xtreme Afrique. The hand of God is at work and heavenly blessings are coming our way ceaselessly.

“On the Africa Golden Virtual Awards, we are
appealing to the entire region to vote for us via social media platforms including Facebook such that we can bring home the award. The link is on my Facebook page,” she said.

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