14 December 2012

Zambia: Kitwe's Grace Shapongo Drops Gospel Album

KITWE has given birth to a new female gospel artiste Grace Shapongo who has released a 10-track mid-tempo gospel album.

The album called Lyashi lyakale is already on the market and enjoying air play on local community radio stations.

The praise and worship songs are Bemba and one Ki-Swahili. Nimwe Bakasunga and Nalimona ubukulu talks about God's care for his people. These songs are Grace's testimony of what the Lord has done for her from the time of hardship until now that she is doing fine in life.

Muli Mulonga is a song likening God to a perennial stream because of His unending care and love for His children. This is the most popular song going by the current times its being played on the local community radio stations and mini buses.

Some people have even adopted the track as their mobile phone ring tone. So far it is the song that is on video and selling like hot cake in Kitwe.

The other praise and worship songs are Mwaliwama Monse and Mwebashila. Duniya Iyi Sasa is a Swahili track and it talks about how God can change inequalities of today's society if people dedicate their lives to Him.

The other songs include Nshili Mweni which talks about Grace not being a visitor to the Creator, while Ipepo is a prayer song where she is asking God to use her to deliver many lost souls.

Imitimayesu is a slow track asking people to open their hearts to God, and telling the hard hearted that they will one day encounter the power of the Lord, while Talala Pabana bakwedescribe how God does not tire when it comes to blessing his children.

Grace of New Creation Embassy Ministries, like other musicians and singers, complained about piracy, saying it is really killing the industry.

She said music like other sectors, if properly managed can significantly contribute to poverty reduction.

"But the level of piracy have continued to increase like there are no laws in that regard," Grace said.

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