The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Shower Power Goes On Tour

Accapella gospel musicians Shower Power travelled to Gaborone, Botswana, last Friday for an accapella gospel music concert. The tour will also see the group launching its latest CD album, "The Journey".

According to the group's executive director, Mr Mandikudza Sithole, Shower Power travelled with 10 members.

They will then proceed to Malawi for yet another concert on Saturday.

Speaking ahead of his group's journey to Botswana, Mr Sithole said all the members were excited to go to Botswana and Malawi where Shower Power music is in great demand and where consumers still buy original musical CDs.

"There is excitement in our group ahead of our visit to Botswana and Malawi. We are travelling with 10 full members of our group.

"We are also excited because Botswana is our largest CD market hence our decision to launch there first. Malawians also buy original music," said Mr Sithole.

Mr Sithole said his group chose to launch its CD for the first time in Botswana and Malawi because music piracy in those two countries was still low adding that our local music industry was plagued by high levels of music piracy.

He said Shower Power will return to Harare on December 9 and on December 22 at 7 Arts Theatre the group will launch its CD album to its local fans.

"Our CD launch at 7 Arts Theatre will be at a Reunion 20th Anniversary concert and we will be joined by some of our older members who will perform with us to celebrate Reunion's 20 years in the music ministry," said Mr Sithole.

Reunion is another acapella group from the Seventh Day Adventist Church that was formed 20 years ago.

Commenting on his group's choice of December to launch its CD, Mr Sithole said it was an ideal time for launching its album saying that is when many of their friends or fans would be home for the Christmas holiday.

He also said the title of their album, "The Journey", was an expression of Shower Power's difficulties together with its victories over the years, which he described as being expressed in song on the album.

Mr Sithole said Shower Power faces a bright future in gospel music due to numerous opportunities availed to the group, which included invitations to perform in different countries such as Rwanda, Tanzania and Ghana for next year.

"The Lord has opened new doors and opportunities for us. Our music has gone far and wide.

"We have received invitations to perform our songs from countries such as Rwanda, Tanzania and Ghana for next year."

Other countries where Shower Power has performed its songs in recent years are Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Kenya and the United States of America.

Shower Power is an all-male accapella music group, which was established in 1992 whose members aredrawn from the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

"The Journey" is a 13-track CD, which Mr Sithole described as one of the best to come out of Shower Power this year.

Other albums so far released by Shower Power include "Shower Power Experience", "Time Has Run Out", "Spirit of God", "Today", "Holy Life" and "Shower Power Hymns".

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