Gospel diva Mu­rudzwa still go­ing strong

NewsDay (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - BY FREE­MAN MAKOPA

AGATHA Mu­rudzwa-Nde­mera is one of the coun­try's renowned fe­male gospel artistes. She rose to fame with her hit song, Press On, which was re­leased in 2012 af­ter hav­ing launched her mu­sic ca­reer in 2004. She speaks to News­Day Life & Style... Im­pact: My mu­sic has been well-re­ceived na­tion­ally and re­gion­ally. I am happy that God has been us­ing me as His ves­sel, and will con­tinue to do so, to spread the gospel through mu­sic. There has been a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back from our fans. Souls have been up­lifted, re­ju­ve­nated and all the glory and hon­our I give to the Almighty God.

AGATHA of the coun­try's Mu­rudzwa-Nde­mera renowned fe­male is one

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Life & Style...

Im­pact

My mu­sic has been well-re­ceived na­tion­ally and re­gion­ally. I am happy that God has been us­ing me as His ves­sel, and will con­tinue to do so, to spread the gospel through mu­sic.

Feed­back

There has been a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back from our fans. Souls have been up­lifted, re­ju­ve­nated and all the glory and hon­our I give to the Almighty God.

Discog­ra­phy

I have recorded 12 al­bums and three sin­gles. This ca­reer has man­aged to sus­tain a de­cent life­style for me and my fam­ily... again I thank God.

Projects

I am so grate­ful that we now have our own sta­ble, Faith Sounds Mu­sic. We are work­ing on our Hits Col­lec­tion Con­cert. At this con­cert, we are go­ing to re-do all the hits from 2003 to date. The con­cert is dubbed We Will Rise Again.

Set­backs

The mu­sic in­dus­try is male-dom­i­nated so, as a fe­male artiste, one has to be firm and highly prin­ci­pled, God be­ing the great­est helper. Even­tu­ally, we make it though it de­mands a lot of pa­tience. An­other set­back is lack of fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance and back up.

Best-kept se­cret

As much as I love peo­ple, I am very short tem­pered, but I thank God I am be­com­ing tol­er­ant now. Many of my fans don't know that I am a jack of all trades but a mas­ter of gospel when it comes to mu­sic. I can sing with any­one in any genre.

COVID-19

This mon­ster mm­m­mmm, it has af­fected us neg­a­tively. Our in­dus­try re­quires a lot of peo­ple and on this in­stance, we had re­gional tours lined up, so ev­ery­thing was af­fected.

It's hard to give hope to a hope­less au­di­ence from a hope­less heart,we only thank the Almighty for sus­tain­ing us.

Col­lab­o­ra­tions

Yes, yes, yes, we are work­ing on a sin­gle

with Bethany Pasi­nawako-Ngolomi ti­tled The Fourth Man, also fea­tured on Jonathan Si­as­tu­muzira's Mu­rumb­wana sin­gle and fi­nally fea­tur­ing on mkoma Panga (Pan­ganayi Hare)'s forth­com­ing al­bum, just to men­tion a few.

Ca­reer re­wards

I am proud to be a Zim­bab­wean, but when it comes to re­wards from mu­sic, it pains me a lot. One has to strug­gle a lot be­fore get­ting the re­wards whereas in our neigh­bour­ing coun­tries like Mozam­bique, when one has, say 12 al­bums, it is a life­time achieve­ment with great re­wards. We just keep pray­ing that one day it will ben­e­fit us also fi­nan­cially.

Part­ing shot

Lastly, we just need to keep the faith and def­i­nitely we will rise again. God bless Zim­babwe!

Agatha Mu­rudzwa

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