SA-based Zimbo releases single

HARARE - South Africa-based Zimbabwean musician Claud Rabson, popularly known as DJ Rabaaz, has just released a single titled Shingirira (Persevere).

This is on the back of the release last month of a 10-track gospel DVD titled Tendeuka (Repent).

The message on Shingirira is perseverance — one who perseveres under trial will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him, said Rabson.

The talented musician, who moved to South Africa in 2008, says he does music on a part-time basis as he works full time as an IT professional.

Tendeuka comprises tracks Tariro, Nguva ndiyoyi, Makomborero, Hakuna, Tendeuka, Muchato, Makanaka Mwari, Tambira Jesu, Kudenga and Tariro (instrumental).

Rabson, who was born in Chitungwiza, recorded and produced the CD and DVD albums under his record and video production label, Rabaaz Entertainment based in Midrand.

He is not new to the music industry having played with seasoned artistes in the past.

“I have played drums for a number of Zimbabwean musicians from the 1990s such as Mambakwedza Band — formed at the Zimbabwe College of Music led by the mbira maestro, Sydney Maratu — the Bulk Spirits, Noel Zembe, the late Franco Hodobo, King Isaac, Mozambican duo of Theresa and the late Awendile. I am reviving my love for music, but I have chosen gospel as a born-again Christian,” he said.

“It has always been in my vision to own a record label. I am a member of the House of Harvest Christian Family Church in Midrand and this is where I met Rejoice Jambaya, a leader of the worship team and she helped me on all backing vocals from the album except Mwari Makanaka.

In an interview with the Daily News, Rabson said the dance group, which features on some videos is called Reduction Ravaza — a group of school children based in Tembisa, Gauteng, South Africa who spiced up the DVD with their energetic dances.

Rabson, who intends to travel to Zimbabwe to promote his album around Christmas, first produced the single Mwari Makanaka in 2015 under Rabaaz Entertainment.

The gospel artiste is married to Sharon and the couple has two children Sean and Shalom.

He has another child Rachael from his first marriage. 

Currently, Rabson is working on a gospel compilation album on which he will collaborate with other upcoming gospel musicians based in South Africa.

This upcoming project will include the single Shingirira.

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