By Sukuoluhle Ndlovu
Masvingo – Multi award-winning gospel musician, Micheal Mahendere yesterday graced Welcome Nhariswa’s album launch held at Masvingo Glory Temple.
Nhariswa’s album ‘My Closet’ has ten tracks and Minister Mahendere features on one of the songs.
It will be available on both audio and video format.
Minister Mahendere praised Nhariswa for producing inspirational songs saying he was glad to be part of the album.
“I do not have much to say but Nhariswa’s songs carry a lot of meaning and have life. He is a psalmist and he is great, some songs are just not songs but they are an experience.
Churches and different ministries are waiting for the album and l know they are going to embrace it. I am glad that people came to support him and l was so delighted when he invited me.
I told him l was coming to support him and not to perform and that is what l have done today. It has been a great experience working with him from day one,” he said.
Nhariswa’s two other tracks released in 2012, Matenga azarurwa and Ndiye Mwari were well received by his fans.
He chose to name the album ‘My Closet’ as it comes after a sabbatical he took from the music scene.
“I decided to name the album ‘My Closet’ after being silent for a long time, and this album comes after six years of a break from the music industry. For me, it was a time for me to reflect upon my life and strengthen my relationship with God.
So l am now sharing my closet with the people and l will be doing this through praise and worship. The break influenced my album, I learnt how to grow and focus on God,” he said.
The gospel singer has done collaborations with a number of well-known musicians. He has worked with Takesure Zama Ncube, ZimPraise choir, Tami Bimha, Janet Manyowa and Micheal Mahendere.
He started singing in 2011 and released Sanganai Nesu with Takesure Zarma. In 2018 he did a remix of the song Ndiye Mwari with Micheal Mahendere.
“I have found peace with music and it is now my passion, I have turned music into work and l am also a music producer of Cherub Studios,” said Nhariswa.
Nhariswa, however, bemoaned the lack of artists recognition in Zimbabwe.
“The challenge being faced right now as a musician is that it is difficult to get airplay and gain recognition. So for this album l am hoping and praying to get airplay. The media should give upcoming artists the chance to showcase their talent and take up new sounds and this is the only way to pave way for other artists in the music industry,” he said.