RISING Bulawayo gospel singer Wilson Musara has released a debut album titled Makanaka Ishe (the Lord is good).
The 26-year-old’s album is a compilation of old church hymns, such as the soulfully done Makanaka Ishe, which depicts the goodness of the Lord, Mwari wemasimba ose and Kubata kwenyu.
“On this project I took old hymns and old school Christian music and added some urban flavour so that it appeals to the young generation. People don’t want to crack their heads to listen to a song, thus my music has got hooks that make for a good listen,” Musara said.
Though not signed to any record label, the singer said the album was recorded at Unique Studios in Masvingo and produced by Hof Madzinga, who produced ZimPraise’s second DVD, Sebastian Magacha, Mabel Madondo and Kudzi Nyakudya.
Musara started music at a tender age and has matured into a fluid singer and a potential force to reckon with in gospel music circles.
He has shared the stage with Zimbabwe’s gospel greats and man of the moment Takesure Zamar Ncube, who recently featured in South Africa’s gospel powerhouse Joyous Celebration’s 19th live recording.
“I have been blessed enough to minister on the same stage with my role model Takesure, and in April I will be doing a song with the Bulawayo gospel ensemble Vocal Ex,” Musara said.
He said he was aiming to hold joint shows with Ncube, Worship Addicts, ZimPraise and ’90s gospel sensation Mechanic Manyeruke.
“Gospel is ministry and I believe ministers of the Word in song should come together, not for the money or the fame because before the money there is a message that needs to be conveyed.
“People are desperate for solutions to their predicaments. Mathias Mhere spoke to the needs of the people in his song Favour. Gospel music lives longer in the industry than circular hits.”
Musara said those planning to pursue a music career must first believe in themselves.
“There are a lot of talented and gifted people who would like to get into the music industry and the crux of the matter is self-belief, patience, endurance, discipline in the Word of God and mentorship. We all need to be guided by someone greater,” Musara added.