Gospel music ensemble targets global market

BULAWAYO gospel ensemble Destiny Praise has set its sights on the global market by selling its debut album online.

The ensemble’s first album titled Thankful, which features the hit tracks Makanaka and the Nyanja song Ambuye Zikomo (Lord we thank you), was released in December 2014 and has already sold over 700 copies online. 

In an interview with Southern Eye Lifestyle, the founder and manager of the group Abraham Lungu said they put up the album for sale online because their music uplifted God.

Lungu said the response had been overwhelming.

“The Bible says whatever you do, do it with all your heart as unto the Lord, and not to be seen by man. Therefore, all the work we are doing is to lift up the banner of Jesus Christ,” said Lungu.

“We are what we are and where we are because of his grace and the response from our followers has been really good.”

One of the lead vocalists, Prestige Gama, said the 13-track Afro-jazz album catered for people of various cultures by embracing six languages.

“The album captures people from various cultures. We don’t only sing in one language. For example, we have Nyanja, Shona, Ndebele, Sotho, Tswana and English,” said Gama.

On future prospects, Lungu said they were planning big things for the year starting with a live DVD recording in July.

“We are growing as a team and the Lord has purposed in our hearts to win souls for Him,” he said.

“One of the ways we plan to do so is hosting a music festival in July at the Bulawayo Theatre to help promote upcoming artistes so they can reach their full potential.

“In the pipe line is setting up a music shop to boost sales of artistes we have recorded at our Destiny Music Studios.”

He added: “We live in a generation where we need new praise and worship leaders and I am calling upon those with a passion to serve God to arise and step up.

“This is a busy year for us. God willing, we will have our very first national tour called ‘Thankful Tour’ and cities like Gweru, Kwekwe, Mutare, Kadoma, Masvingo, Mutare and Bulawayo will get to witness the blessing of our ministration.”

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