Don't stray, minister urges Charambas

HARARE - Media, Information and Broadcasting Services minister Christopher Mushowe has urged gospel music couple Charles and Olivia Charamba to remain humble and exemplary in society.

Mushowe was the guest of honour at the Charambas’ albums launch held at Zimbabwe College of Music in the capital on Wednesday evening.

Charles and Olivia unveiled their latest studio albums Abba Father and Voice of Miriam respectively.

The event was graced by dignitaries, including police spokesperson Charity Charamba and her husband, minister of State in Harare Province Miriam Chikukwa, music promoters Partson Chimbodza, Sebia Raire, Polisile Ncube from Zimura, businessman Chamu Chiwanza, musicians Somandla Ndebele, Gift Mahlupeka, Trymore Bande and Mudiwa among others.

“I have been always moved by the down-to-earth personality exuded by the Charambas. They are always polite and humble despite the popularity and influence they command in the music industry. You are exemplary in society. You have toured a number of countries around the globe but you chose to remain unassuming. Vamwe kungoita kambiri, aah makhadza mudenga (With little fame, some become untouchable),” Mushowe said.

“We lost a number of musicians who had potential to scale dizzy heights in the music industry due to diseases such as HIV/Aids but instead the Charambas remained an icon of moral uprightness.”

Mushowe said the Charambas’ music plays a pivotal role in moulding society.

“The song Mhinduro Iripo played a crucial part during behaviour change advocacy at a time when the HIV/Aids pandemic was highly prevalent and people needed awareness. The song was staged as a theme tune during the declaration of HIV/Aids as a national disaster by the ministry of Health and Child Care.

“Olivia’s Africa Restore Your Identity and Africa PaBethsaida are songs that show the intensity of their passion for the transformation of the continent.”

The Charambas touched on parenthood issues that mould and shape families and further offered religious counsel in many of their songs.

“Your songs have a positive bearing and impact on our society and proffer community development and poverty alleviation.

“Of great value is that they work inseparably together and have assisted many needy groups that include orphanages. They have mentored many young artistes and I agree with them that the vision of imparting skills to young people must be applauded,” Mushowe said.

The album Abba Father comprises songs: Abba Father, Ndiregerere, Jesu Garai, Vakanga Vakaita Sei?, Ndozvatinoda, Zvepa Calvary, Kutengesa Josefa, Kutenda Kusina Mabasa and a bonus track Tudikidiki,  a song he collaborated with CCAP Voices of Mbare.

On the other hand, album Voice of Miriam which is Olivia’s first album since 2009 is made up of tracks: Mwaka, Boycott Sin, Ndiri Munana, Mend My Ways, Vana Mumasango, Takavinga Denga, Usaverengera Kunamata and Mwana Mwana.

“We found it worthy not to collaborate with other artistes on the latest albums because it has been a while since we last released and as a result, we wanted to respect our fans by giving them all our efforts,” Charamba said.

Both albums were recorded at their Fishers of Men Studios. Their previous albums include Tinashe Akatendeka (1997), Johane 3:16 (1998), Vhuserere (2000), Exodus (2001), Sunday Service (2002), Verses and Chapters (2004), Pashoko Pangoma (2010).

Charambas Live at HICC (2005) and WeNazareta (2014) which were collaborations.

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