The Post (Buea)

18 August 2008

Cameroon: Northwest Gospel Musician Releases Album

music review

Her name is Victorine Mbacha. Her artistic name is Mummy Jazzy. She hails from Ndu, Donga Mantung Division of the Northwest Province.

Mummy Jazz is a gospel musician based in Mbengwi. She is a member of the Apostolic Church, Mbengwi. She sings in Limbum, her mother tongue, in the English language and also in Ngie, the mother tongue of her husband, Jerry Mbacha, who is her producer.

Mummy Jazz started singing while she was still in the primary school.In a chat with The Post recently during the launching of her new album, Mummy Jazz said the church discovered her musical talent and used her during crusades, revival meetings and other occasions where singing and animation were involved.

Talking about inspiration, she said she is inspired to sing when she learns of bitter experiences."Experiences like sickness, difficult delivery and accidents and so on inspire me to sing," says Mummy Jazz.

Her songs, she says, soothe the minds of those in difficult situations.According to Mummy Jazz, gospel music remains gospel music whether sang by a believer or non-believer.

"People can know Jesus through gospel music whether it is sang by a believer musician or a musician of the secular world," she said.

According to Mummy Jazz, the difference between gospel music and secular music is that "both have their messages but Christian music can bring peace of mind while secular music is for pleasure and money."

As a born-again, Mummy Jazz advises young girls to turn to God for "nothing is impossible with Him."To budding gospel musicians, Mummy Jazz urges them to ask God's will in their lives.

Her latest album is titled "Thank You Lord." It contains seven gospel tracks, including the lead song Thank You Lord; Winner Man; Beri Weh; Don't You Hurry; Almighty Father; amongst others.

Mummy Jazz is an admirer of fellow Cameroonian gospel singer like Loveline Ngeh and Elizabeth Teke.

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