NYASHA Chingono, a scribe who traded his notebook for the microphone, has announced his arrival on the big stage, with the release of his debut gospel album, Mbiri Kuna Jesu, which was launched in Bulawayo last weekend.
The seven-track album was launched on Saturday at Bulawayo’s Harvest House Church.
With tracks such as Anogona Zvese, a mbira-fused track of hope, Nyasha Dzenyu, a testimony of God’s grace in the musician’s life, Poreswa, Musadzokere Kumashure featuring Takesure Zamar Ncube and Mbiri Kuna Jesu, the album is likely to be a hit with gospel music lovers.
The soft-spoken musician said he tried to incorporate other musicians in his work.
“I also have hymns on the album for those who love hymns and a saxophone version of the title track, which was played by Joseph Chinouriri,” he said.
“I worked with Bulawayo-based band called the Outfit Band, and did most of my recording at Velocity Records in the City of Kings, but the mixing and mastering was done by Njabulo Dube in Harare.”
In less than a week after its release, Chingono has already taken his album to radio and intends to make an impact on the airwaves.
“I’m getting requests from people around the country. I am still to widen my distribution, so that all stations can have the music. We have sold many copies since the release and I’m hopeful that we can reach more people with the gospel through music,” he said.
“I spent almost eight months working on it. It was a long process, which needed endurance, but I’m thankful to God that he saw me through. The launch was a huge success.”
The artiste is looking forward to doing live concerts to promote his music. He said he felt he had always had a calling to music even before he settled for journalism and he felt he had better chances of reaching out to the world through music than writing.
The 26-year-old musician graduated from Midlands State University in 2014 with a degree in Media and Society Studies and had a short stint with The Daily News.