3 April 2017
SOUTH AFRICAN-BASED clergyman and gospel artist Reverend Toggy Chivaviro on Saturday afternoon launched his 13th album titled Maranatha which he hopes will surpass the heights reached by his previous productions such as Ebenezer and Mhepo Inoperekedza.
The launch was at the Assemblies of Pentecostal Methodists prayer centre in Germiston. It was graced by Zimbabwe’s Consular-General in South Africa Batiraishe Mukonoweshuro who was one of the two guests of honour at the event. The other guest of honour was the grand-dad of South African gospel music Derrick Ndzimande.
“As government, we are there to support Zim achievers such as Reverend Chivaviro. I have been present at the last two launches of his albums. We need to support our people who do great things such as Chivaviro. You are a true ambassador of Zimbabwe in a foreign land because of your music. Keep doing the good work,” said Mukonoweshuro who attended the event with his wife.
The consular general also took the opportunity to advise Zimbabweans who are living and working in South Africa who are panicking on the whether their Zimbabwe Special Permits (ZSP) will be renewed or not at the end of the year.
“We are still engaging with the government of South Africa on the issue of the permits. We urge all our citizens to remain calm and not panic. An announcement will be made by the South African government at the appropriate time,” said Mukonoweshuro who also bought one of the first copies of the CD at R350.
SA gospel artist Ndzimande then took to the mic and belted Bayede to remind fans that although he is now grey-haired he still has the voice that made him a household name in southern Africa in the late 80s and 90s.
“As a gospel artist one needs to remain humble. Be exemplary even if you are off-stage. Have a church where you worship and not just sing and once off stage you lead a different lifestyle,” said Ndzimande to a number of young gospel artists who attended the launch.
Chivaviro then performed snippets from the album Maranatha which is a product that has seen collaborations with 13 other artistes. It features established artists such as Baba Mechanic Manyeruke, Leornard Zhakata, Munyaradzi Munodawafa, Mathias Mhere, Olinda Marowa and his wife Mother General Chivaviro.
“I have three wishes for this album. If there may be one person who gets healed by listening to this album. Secondly, if there can be one person can be uplifted by listening to these tracks. Lastly if there can only be one non-believer who gives their life to Jesus Christ I will know that the album has done what it was targeted to do,” said Chivaviro.
Tracks such as Dzokera Kwawabva and Chechi Yoenda seHondo are likely to join the title track Maranatha as good performers on radio.
Chivaviro’s manager Allan Dzobo travelled to Johannesburg for the launch and indicated they may not be releasing any new albums shortly due to the high costs involved.
“As musicians we are under threat from piracy. We no longer make any money from recordings and we urge our fans to buy original music and support our artists,” pleaded Dzobo.
The project was recorded at Artisans Studios in Harare and mastered at Kubashe BMK Studios in South Africa. The Zimbabwean launch is scheduled for tomorrow in the precints of the Anglican Cathedral starting from 6pm and the public is welcome to attend.