Wone­sai re­alises 27-year dream

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Nh­lal­wenhle Ng­wenya Show­biz Correspondent

SINCE the age of 11, mu­sic has been a ta­lent that has been man­i­fest­ing as a dream for Wone­sai Chimwanambo.

It is only re­cently when the 38-year-old up-and-com­ing gospel mu­si­cian fi­nally man­aged to record a six-track gospel al­bum which she named Mbiri Kuna Jesu.

The al­bum in which the mu­si­cian ac­knowl­edges the power of God is a wor­ship jour­ney and a praise fete.

“Judg­ing from the al­bum ti­tle – Mbiri Kuna Jesu one can tell that this is my way of thank­ing God who en­dowed me with the ta­lent to sing and dance,” Chimwanambo said.

Tracks like Num­ber 1, Tapi Tapi and Kushun­gu­rudza are fast paced unique con­tem­po­rary gospel num­bers that are de­fined by deep preach­ing. Chimwanambo’s smooth hum­ble voice makes the songs more ap­peal­ing.

What makes the al­bum even more in­trigu­ing is that the artiste fea­tures her daugh­ter, Tatenda, who through her vo­cal prow­ess, brings a youth­ful fliar into all the songs.

“My mother and fa­ther were mu­si­cians. My hus­band and chil­dren are also into mu­sic. That’s why I in­cluded my daugh­ter who’s slowly fol­low­ing my steps as she was part of this al­bum and added some­thing spe­cial.”

Chimwanambo said the al­bum that was re­leased last month in Bu­l­awayo has sold close to 300 copies, some­thing she feels re­flects that peo­ple are ap­pre­ci­at­ing her mu­sic.

Like many bud­ding artistes, Chimwanambo faces fi­nan­cial con­straints that are crip­pling her dream to record more al­bums.

“I’ve close to 100 and count­ing, songs that I’m yet to record. This has been a jour­ney that started when I was 11 so if I man­age to get spon­sors, I’ll cer­tainly re­alise my dream,” she said.

Asked where peo­ple could get her mu­sic, the artiste said she was yet to con­tract a dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany.

“For now, I’m mar­ket­ing and sell­ing my mu­sic on the streets alone.”

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