23 January 2017
GOSPEL musician Mathias Mhere has described his forthcoming album Old Testament as a social commentary.
He said the album carries biblical messages relevant to the day to day lives of not only Christians but society at large.
“It is time to have a message that is relevant to the people, the message that has an impact to everyone and not only Christians,” he said.
The album carries 12 tracks among them Vana VaJesu featuring South African based Mkhululi Bhebhe, Error, Dhindindi Full Time, Chizoro, Judas Iscariot and Munyaradzi among others and the launch has been slated for March 4 at 7 Arts Theatre in Avondale.
Mhere says the title Old Testament does not mean the whole message comes from that section of the Bible hence the song Judas Iscariot.
“By Old Testament I mean the fulfilment of the old covenant, our covenant with God as Christians. We are tracing the roots. The Old Testament is the beginning that even when Jesus was asked about it, he said he has come to fulfil the message. Reading from the bible you will notice that Jesus’ coming was prophesied in the Old Testament,” he said.
“The title is not literal. It does not mean the whole message is coming from the Old Testament hence the song about Judas Iscariot. The song is a message to everyone not only Christians to be on the lookout of people they befriend,” he said.
The album according to the singer is a gear up from his previous productions.
“As an artiste I thrive to introduce new styles. This is a gear up from the previous productions and I hope it will be received well. The collaboration with Mkhululi on its own is a new style, different sound and I hope to come up with an accompanying video,” he said.
Mhere said this album is a way for him as an artiste to retrace his roots.
The album is being produced by Lyton Ngolomi and his wife Bethany Pasinawako-Ngolomi doing the backing vocals.
“This is reflection time and I have retraced my roots. This album has great meaning to me, I reunited with the Ngolomis for this project. We had our ups and downs but I will never forget that this is where all started. Reuniting with him has a greater meaning,” he said.
Mhere has opened the year with a collaboration with dancehall star Freeman on the song Gore Rino which has been received well by music lovers.
For the launch, several gospel musicians Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave, Reverend Chivaviro and others have been scheduled to perform.