Tonga gospel singer scores a first

BULAWAYO’s rising Tonga gospel singer Abigail Mwembe has shrugged off alleged marginalisation of her people and language to record a debut live 14-track DVD and CD albums.


The double launch has been pencilled for October 11 at the Bulawayo Theatre in a show dubbed Live DVD recording with Abigail Mwembe. The album is titled Basking in God’s Glory.

Mwembe, who has been silent in the music industry, said she used all her time working on the music project.

The live CD and DVD recording, which is Mwembe’s first ever, will be done by the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.

“I have been working on this project for some time. I am happy that very soon the project will be out and a great success.

“It comes out after spending some quality time with God through prayers and there is so much that will happen,” she said.

“It has always been my desire to do a live DVD and CD recording at the same time and l am happy that it is finally happening.

“I have realised that l have more strength in live performances and my voice is very good too compared to when l am in the studio.

“Live performances are more favourable than pre-recorded stuff,” she said.

Mwembe said the 14-track album will consist of a mixture of old and latest tracks like Tata Leza and Wabafwifwi.

The singer will feature Hosanna Choir from the Harvest House International and All for Worship from Family of God.

Mwembe also fronts a band called Bayandwa Baleza.

The 33-year-old Mwembe, whose discography includes albums Makabongwe (2001) and Tataleza (2005), is confident that her decade-long experience in the gospel music industry will help make the third album a quality project.

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