THE Johane Masowe International Church choir has released a nine-track album titled Nyika yeZimbabwe.
The 30-member choir comprises church members from South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Nyika yeZimbabwe is the choir’s debut album and it has been receiving favourable airplay on some radio stations in the three countries.
Laiza Hilari, the choir’s spokesperson, said their debut album was recorded in Zambia and produced by Bulawayo’s Kirah Music.
Hilari said they were currently shooting videos for songs on the album which should be ready for the album launch on March 1.
Some songs from the album include the title track Nyika yeZimbabwe, Viva Gushungo, Here is My Story, WaMugabe, Unity, 99 Years, Zviridzwa, Development and Vila.
“The song Nyika yeZimbabwe is a prayer for Zimbabwe and the president and has words of encouragement to the president,” said Hilari.
“Viva Gushungo praises the good deeds and strong leadership of our country’s president and the resilience he has shown. Vila is as song that discourages laziness. We have included some instruments in our tracks.
“This album is already a hit and the reason why we sing political songs is because Baba Johane Masowe used to encourage congregants to rally behind and support the government of the day before he passed away.
“We have big plans of reaching out to Africa preaching the Word of God through our music and we are planning on recording our second album in the next few months,” Hilari said.
She said Johane Masowe’s successor bishop Joshua Matongo was the leader of the choir and that gave them guidance and motivation.
Kirah Music marketing manager Climate Munikwa said they had received the choir’s CDs and were currently distributing them.
“We are currently distributing the music to radio stations and we will have an official launch in March,” he said.
“We are duplicating more CDs for retailers. The album has nine tracks and basically the message is about unity and development in Zimbabwe.”