Jah Prayzah, top artistes line up new albums

HARARE - Jah Prayzah, Suluman Chimbetu, Blessing Shumba and Leonard Zhakata are among established musicians expected to release new albums in the first half of this year.

The musicians told the Daily News that failure to release new material would be potentially fatal to their brands.

Gospel artiste Shumba, whose song Chimwe Nechimwe, topped the 2015 Radio Zimbabwe Coca-Cola Top 50, has promised to release a new album during the first week of March.

“I have to release a new album to solidify my position in the gospel music industry. The forthcoming project will be titled Calvary,” said the NdiMwari hit-maker.

Award-winning Zora star Zhakata told the Daily News that he was supposed to have released a new album on December 20 last year but was forced to push forward the event after being hit by a bout of flu.

“Music fans should expect the album anytime from now. I was planning to release it late last year but I was hit by a flu bug when I was about to get into the studio to do some vocals on the remaining songs,” said the Vagoni Vebasa hit-maker.

Zhakata added that the new album will incorporate a new dimension to his music.

“We tackle each new album differently. In the past, I never collaborated with other artistes but on this forthcoming album I have worked with four musicians.

“The musicians I collaborated with are not established artistes at all because I enjoy working with upcoming musicians. There is a lot of raw and hidden talent which needs to be promoted,” said the Sakunatsa singer.

High-riding Jah Prayzah will release a new album despite the fact that his latest offering Jerusarema is still fairly popular with music fans.

“If an artiste has got talent, he or she should demonstrate this by deeds. Every year, it is a must for me to release a new album. Am planning to release a new album mid-year,” said the Tsviriyo hit-maker.

Despite releasing three singles last month, dendera musician Suluman Chimbetu has promised to deliver a full album this year.

Suluman’s publicist Joe Nyamungoma told the Daily News that the new album was almost complete.

“I can say the album is there and it will be released this year. The actual release dates will be announced in due course,” he said.

Sungura ace Alick Macheso, who has not released a new album since 2012, has promised to finally release the long-awaited music project this year.

“We failed to release the album in December as per plan. As a result, we are hoping to release the album this year. The dates are not certain at the moment but fans should just expect the music project this year,” said Macheso.

While most artistes are promising a single album, Reverend Toggy Chivaviro, who has become favourite of many thanks to the hit Ebenezer, plans to launch two albums on March 1.

“The first album is called Mhepo Inoperekedza which has eight tracks. Apart from Mhepo Inoperekedza, we are going to launch a bonus album on the same date but this album will feature hymns only,” said Chivaviro.

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