3 April 2017
GOSPEL musician Minister Michael Mahendere launched his third album titled Getting Personal with God 3, Breakthrough at a well-attended ceremony at the Eastgate Ster-Kinekor theatre last Thursday night.
The 10-track album was produced at Your Sound Africa Studios and he collaborated with South African gospel singer Loyiso Bala on a song titled Chiiko.
Mahendere also did a duet called Masimba with his wife Vimbai.
The launch was attended by United Family International Church (UFIC) congregants where Mahendere is a pastor, top radio personalities and gospel musicians with Dr Phillip Chiyangwa as the guest of honour.
Addressing the audience, Chiyangwa apologised first for coming late to the event.
“I’m sorry for coming late but all of you know that I’m now a big man in the world and there is a lot of stuff that need my attention,” said Chiyangwa before sending the auditorium into roars of laughter.
Chiyangwa said his love for music started way back, hence he still continues to support it even though he is now big in sport.
“I was a music promoter as well as boxing (promoter), so my relationship with music goes way back and I will keep on supporting musicians who are changing people’s lives like Mahendere.
“I’m also a member of the UFIC and each time I feel the need to go to church, that’s where I go,” he said before taking ‘selfies’ with Mahendere on stage.
Chiyangwa gave Mahendere a residential stand in the leafy suburb of Borrowdale.
He also promised to organise for the musician to perform on international football events.
Standing in for the UFIC leader prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa, UFIC senior pastor Prime Kufa, urged people to support local musicians by stopping buying music in the streets.
“Piracy kills our artistes’ efforts, so l urge everyone to buy original copies because that’s how these artistes earn a living. Piracy is as bad as drugs, so let’s curb it by buying in designated outlets,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mahendere has partnered with Zimpapers in the selling of the album where newspaper vendors will also be selling a copy of the album pegged at $1.
A live DVD recording of the album is on the cards.