17 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Charambas' Merry Festive Season Menu

Zimbabwe's first gospel couple, Pastor Charles Charamba and his wife Olivia, are expected to end the year on a high note. The couple is expected to hold several shows across the country to showcase their music talent.

Famed for their consistency in gospel music, the Charambas, aptly known as the First Family of Gospel, is working on new albums, which will released next year.

The high-octane shows they intend to hold will also allow the couple to network with their fans at different venues across the country.

Their first port of call will be Mutare, followed by Kwekwe, then Bulawayo, before heading back to Harare for their traditional New Year's gig at the Aquatic Complex in Chitungwiza on January 1.

This will be followed by yet another gig at Pakare Paye Arts Centre in Norton the following day.

Fishers of Men spokesperson Fungai Hondo said the show dates had been conveniently spread throughout the festive season to allow their fans in the Diaspora to attend their live performances.

"Our fan base has been steadily growing over the years, where our music is now being found and shared by Zimbabweans that are spread across the globe.

"Since some of them will be coming back home for Christmas we want them to have an opportunity to see us perform, something they have not been able to do."

From the time they ventured into the music industry, the Charambas have been brought a new dimension to gospel music.

Their music appeals to a cross-section of people because they sing about the trials and tribulations of ordinary people.

The couple, who are arguably the most popular gospel musicians in Zimbabwe, are known to deliver the best in live acts.

Backed by The Fishers of Men, the band that has been intact since its formative stages in the early 1990s, Charles and Olivia are a joy to watch and their chemistry on and off the stage is equally amazing.

Their melodious voices and highly-charged performances await gospel music lovers during the festive season.

Baba Charamba, as his fans call him, has a long list of diverse albums that include chart-toppers like "Vhuserere", "John 3:16", "Verses and Chapters" and "Exodus".

Mai Charamba, who started off as a backing vocalist for the Fishers of Men, will be out to show her own musical prowess.

She boasts three albums -- "Amen", "Daily Bread" and "The Gospel".

Her repertoire includes hits like "Rute", "Zvanga Zvakanaka" and "Africa Restore Identity".

The couple has been able to use their sungura-inspired beat as a medium through which they reach out to their fans.

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