6 November 2005

Zimbabwe: Charambas Go Back to Their Roots

Harare — THE Charambas - Pastor Charles and Olivia Charamba - are set to return to their traditional home which they left for life in Borrowdale next weekend as they give their home crowd musical blessings at the Chitungwiza Aquatic Complex on Saturday.

After their successful hosting of the live recorded show at the Harare International Conference Centre last month, the duo continues its dominance in the gospel music circles by touring the major pluses of their support base.

"The video and DVD of the live recorded album and video are just in the final production stages. Soon, families from across the country can buy and own a DVD of the Charambas live at the Harare International Conference Centre," said the organiser of the fresh wave of shows and recordings, Nancy Manyaya of Presdom Promotions.

Believed to be working on new material and with songs like Komborerai Vana from Charles Charamba's last offering still emitting a sizzle from off the shelf, Chitungwiza residents are in for a treat.

The Charamba duo has always wowed crowds wherever they went, with their magical touch being felt even when they were not billed to participate. Last year, as mere guests of honour at The Sunday Mail Entertainment's Bridal Gala, they broke into an a capella song out of mere courtesy.

They wowed the crowds and have been top on the list of the crowd's popular demand list for the gala given their "family" touch which corresponds with the nature of the show.

However, the duel between husband and wife will be punctuated by peacemaking efforts from songbird Fungisai Zvakavapano, who will be making the crowd sway to the rhythms of her great discography, that has been enriched by her recent album, Tawananyasha.

Having been on an upward climb since her performance at Oliver Mtukudzi's Harare Gardens Family Birthday Celebratory Bash, the young heir-apparent to the disputed crown of Queen of gospel will be breathing heavily down the neck of songbird Amai Charamba.

"We plan to make the show a success as we want to wrap up the year on a gospel note. With the festive season fast approaching, we want the show to help focus the attention of Christmas on the Holy side rather than the commercial face of Christmas," said Manyaya.

In that regard, revellers are poised to be fed from the gratifying meal offered by tracks like Zvakatangira Muchidyiro by Olivia Charamba, which has a Noel slant to it.

The show, which is crafted to be a family type, will run from 10am to 6pm.

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