HARARE – South Africa-based gospel musician Alpha “Makoti” Nhambure has dropped a new single titled Nguva Yapera.
The just-released single is part of 36-year-old’s strategy to promote her forthcoming album.
“Nguva Yapera will be part of my next album which I will release within the next two months. I am sure the song will get people on the dance floor and at the same time remind them to take heed of the word of God,” Nhambure said.
The gospel songstress, who is a civil engineer by profession, is confident that the single will make people better prepared to resist the devil.
“It warns people of the approaching end times, it tells them to be prepared, alert, sober and vigilant as the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion ready to devour,” she said.
Unlike her previous songs, Nguva Yapera has a very strong mbira beat.
“I want to contribute in changing the mentality of gospel music fans to traditional mbira music. Sadly, the majority of our people see this type of music as a way of ushering in the spirits of our ancestors (vadzimu nemashavi).
“If mbira music can effectively invite the spirits of our ancestors, then it should even have an even stronger power to usher in the Holy Spirit of God into people’s lives, hearts and minds when sung with gospel lyrics,” Nhambure said, adding that she is determined to be associated with gospel music rooted in Zimbabwe’s culture.
“If people can relate easily to mbira, then it will be easy for them to receive the Holy Spirit and relate to God. It is against this background that I have decided to create music which strongly relates to the people of Zimbabwe, music which carries our own identity and which I am convinced will bring us as a people even closer to God,” she said.
The 36-year-old artiste’s previous albums are The Alpha (2014), Muzita Rashe (2015) and Vanotigarira Dare (2016) on which she employed diverse music genres Afro-jazz; mhande and sungura.
Apart from music, the mother of two is also a poet and also runs an events management company in the country.