The first family of gospel music, Pastor Charles Charamba and wife Olivia last Wednesday launched their long-awaited albums titled Abba Father and Voice of Miriam respectively at the Zimbabwe College of Music in Harare.
BY WINSTONE ANTONIO
Media, Information and Broadcasting Services minister Christopher Mushohwe was the guest of honour at the launch that was graced by several public figures.
The Standard Style captured what some of the guests said at the launch.
Our music industry has been amplified by your music genre and placed Zimbabwe on the global music market stage, a major important force in pursuit of global economic prosperity.
Your musical themes have managed to express socio-cultural aspects of life which contribute immensely to build a moral upright Zimbabwean and Africa at large.
Pastor and Amai Charamba’s song Mhinduro Iripo played a very crucial part during behaviour change advocacy at a time when HIV and Aids pandemic was highly prevalent and people needed awareness. Amai Charamba’s Africa Restore Your Identity and Africa paBethsaida are songs that show the intensity of their passion for the transformation of the continent.
They have touched on parenthood issues that mould and shape families and further offered religious counsel in many of their songs.
Piracy is a disease that has invaded and corrupted our music industry. This practice must not be allowed to persist and since it is damaging our music industry, stiffer penalties must be rested on all culprits.
Zimbabwe Music Rights Association director Polisile Ncube
If you really love the Charambas, you should buy their original CDs to show the love and if they are having live concerts, please don’t scramble to gain free entry, pay to support them. Radio DJs must not just enjoy playing music without lobbing for these artists to get their money on time. Broadcasters, you must also pay on time so that the Charambas get their royalties on time. If you fail to pay on time, we will then report you to the Media, Information and Broadcasting Services as we have said the issue in their presence.
Police spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba
On several times, we have heard artists crying over piracy and we are together chasing these thieves. We want to congratulate the Charambas who are also part of our family at the police as we always involve them at our gatherings. Keep on doing the good job; you are singing, discouraging road accidents and it helps us a lot.
Hwange-based music promoter Serbia Raire
The Charambas are professional musicians who value and respect contractual agreements when engaged for a performance. I urge other musicians to do the same so that both the names of the promoter and artistes are not tarnished.
Professor Fred Zindi
Charles Charamba was my excellent student when he was studying for a Bachelor of Music degree in Ethnomusicology at the Zimbabwe College of Music.
Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe spokesperson Ernest Muchena
When we approached the Charambas to be Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe’s volunteers to spread the traffic safety message in 2012, we thought with their fame they would not agree to be volunteers, but surprisingly they agreed and from there we have been doing a lot of campaigns with them to courage safety on our roads. We want to congratulate our ambassadors for launching their albums.