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Zimbabwe: Suluma Bemoans Lack of Creativity

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Shingisai Suluma

United States-based gospel singer Shingisai Suluma has bemoaned the lack of creativity and new releases among her fellow gospel artistes. The popular singer, who arrived in the country last week, said

she made it a habit to look for new releases from fellow musicians on the internet.

"I must say in recent years, gospel musicians have not released as much music compared to our secular counterparts," she said.

However, the musician hailed the emerging new faces in gospel music.

"I heard that Blessing Shumba is good and it's an encouraging thing to have other people help spread the gospel through music," she said.

Mai Suluma, as Shingisai is popularly known, is in the country for a one-off show scheduled for December 29.

The gig will be held at the Harare International Conference Centre. Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave, Amanda Sagonda and Blessing Shumba will be the supporting acts.

The trio boasts rich musical profiles while commanding huge fan base, albeit in a different way.

The beauty about this show is that gospel fans will be spoilt for choice, because they will have an opportunity to listen to the high- sounding voice of Shumba and feel the afro-jazz beat when Fungisai gets on stage.

Fans will be able to worship through dance and music with Amanda from her yesteryear collection.While Amanda has been lying low over the last few years, Shumba is currently riding high with his latest album that is receiving heavy rotation at weddings, parties and other social functions.

Shumba's efforts will be ably supported by Fungisai, who released her ninth album, "Wenyasha Ndewenyasha" last week. However, there is no doubt that the US-based Mai Suluma will be the major drawcard at the show.

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