Mhere opens up on church performance

Gospel musician Mathias Mhere says the shrinking of venues for gospel shows has resulted in many singers opting to perform in churches.

A number of gospel singers have been performing in churches led by the current crop of sly-styled prophets and pastors. Harare Gardens used to be a gospel music friendly venue, which is no longer in use, leaving singers with venues such as 7Arts Theatre and Harare International Conference which are hard to fill.

Mhere says performing at other ministries does not mean they have abandoned their churches but widening their followership, having performed at a number of churches such as Walter Magaya’s PHD Ministries among others.

“Many wonder why gospel musicians are performing in churches. The answer is simple, venues for our shows are shrinking unlike for other genres. We get invited to perform and we go but this does not mean we will be abandoning our churches,” he said.

The singer recently performed at South Africa-based Shepherd Bushiri’s church, which he says was an overwhelming experience.
He says he is working to ensure that he spreads his music across the continent and on his forthcoming album Greater Than Solomon he has engaged the services of Malawian singer Skeffa Chimoto.

“I was in South Africa last week and I got to perform at Bushiri’s church. It was an overwhelming experience with people dancing to my music. They may not know you personally but the music is getting there,” he added.

“Work on the new album is already underway and we are working to ensure that it is out in May. We engaged the services of Skeffa Chimoto from Malawi. This is all in a bid to ensure that the music gets across the continent. We have performed in several countries but now it is time to give them something they can listen to even if we are not there,” he said.

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