Top song was an ac­ci­dent: Shumba

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THE 2017 Coca-Cola Ra­dio Zimbabwe Top 50 Song of the Year, “Changa Chaka­jaira”, com­posed by gospel supremo, Bless­ing Shumba, was ac­ci­den­tally in­cluded on the artiste’s al­bum, “My Sea­son” re­leased last year.

Shumba, who is bask­ing in the glory of shrug­ging off stiff com­pe­ti­tion from mu­si­cians who com­posed fine songs that equally de­served to be among the top 50, said the soul­ful song was ini­tially not in­cluded on the fi­nal list of songs that made up his last al­bum.

He re­vealed that his pro­ducer, Olin An­der­son, added it and was later ad­vised of the de­vel­op­ment.

“Orig­i­nally, the ti­tle of the al­bum was ‘My Hope’ be­fore my man­ager (Onias Sanan­gura) rechris­tened it to ‘My Sea­son’,” he said.

An­der­son later in­cluded the song “Changa Chaka­jaira” on the al­bum and it sub­se­quently be­came the ti­tle track.

“I had noth­ing in my mind when I com­posed that song. I know it is God who did it. An­der­son and my band mem­bers chose the list of songs con­tained on my last al­bum. It was their duty. It was an ac­ci­dent that ‘Changa Chaka­jaira’ fit­ted in.

“There are bet­ter songs that were left out. We can come up with four more al­bums from the un­mas­tered songs that we have at the stu­dio (Ku­nashe Stu­dios),” he said.

Shumba’s hit song, “Ichiripo Tariro”, con­tained on the same al­bum was voted num­ber two in the same com­pe­ti­tion.

He pock­eted $4 500 for com­ing out tops.

He re­vealed that among all com­po­si­tions, since he started about seven years ago, the song, “Kur­wara Kwakanaka” is his best.

“It is a pow­er­ful song. It keeps me go­ing. I don’t know how I com­posed it, whether I dreamt of the lyrics or I sat down to put it to­gether, I don’t know. Even when I re­alise that I am not per­form­ing well dur­ing live shows, we play it and ev­ery­thing lights up,” he said.

Shumba com­posed the song af­ter the death of his fa­ther who be­longed to an apos­tolic sect.

The song, “Chimwe Nechimwe” off the al­bum “NdiJesu” came out tops in the 2015 Coca-Cola Ra­dio Zimbabwe Top 50.

The 2012 Na­tional Merit Awards out­stand­ing al­bum award win­ner, said he would never force any­one to vote for his mu­sic.

“I don’t sing for chats. I preach through mu­sic. I will never force any­one to buy my mu­sic, nei­ther do I ad­ver­tise my mu­sic. I sing to heal and up­lift souls of the bro­ken hearted,” he said.

The inim­itable lyri­cist could not di­vulge if he will re­lease an al­bum this year.

As un­pre­dictable as he is, he might re­lease two al­bums this year, or might not re­lease any­thing un­til 2019.

The Christ Fel­low­ship As­sem­blies se­nior pas­tor paid trib­ute to An­der­son whom he cred­ited for be­ing a hard­work­ing and pa­tient pro­ducer.

Bless­ing Shumba

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