The Herald (Harare)

23 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Singing Is Her Passion

A new gospel artiste, Karon Mutungwazi, on Saturday last week launched her debut gospel CD album titled "Only God" at the Crowne Plaza Monomotapa Hotel. The launch, which started at 6pm and ended around 9pm, had performances from Karon while supporting acts came from an accapella group called Stand and Peniel Tambana, who performed one of the songs on Karon's album.

"Only God" features a group called Sound Seven Sessions and carries six tracks which include "Words of Peace", "Africa Rise", "Only God" and "Kuguma Kwaswedera" among others.

Speaking during an interview after the launch, Karon - who is 24 - said she was excited to launch an album, adding that her mother played a huge role in helping her achieve her dream.

"I am very excited because I never thought I would record my music and I thank God for my mum. She is the one who encouraged me to record," said Karon.

She said she enjoys singing gospel music because it is through this kind of music that she preaches about Christ and his Second Coming.

"My music preaches the gospel of Christ. In my song 'Kuguma Kwaswedera' I am preaching the advent message which relates to Christ's Second Coming. I'm an Adventist and I was baptised in July 2003," said Karon.

Commenting on why she named her album "Only God", Karon said this title was inspired by the fact that it is God alone who knows his people and how they feel towards each other.

She said while people can love their fellow humans based on certain conditions, God alone loves his people unconditionally.

"I named my album "Only God" because I had seen that in life you come across people who pretend to be happy but it's only God who really knows how you are feeling.

"Friends and family may love you in good times but only God loves us all the time," said Karon.

Karon is not entirely new on the music scene as she has featured on Unshaken's album titled "Jerusalem".

Apart from music, Karon is a student at Midlands State University where she is doing an honours degree in Banking and Finance.

Speaking in the same interview, Karon's mother, Mrs T. Mutungwazi, said launching a gospel CD album was a fulfilment of her daughter's passion for music which she has always had since childhood.

"Ever since she was seven years old she wrote poems and songs, so this is a fulfilment of that vision she has always had," said Mrs Mutungwazi.

Mrs Mutungwazi said it was important for her daughter to sing gospel music because doing so allowed her to hold firmly to her moral and spiritual values.

She took the opportunity to encourage other parents to support their children if they wished to venture into music.

"Encourage your children to utilise their God-given gifts especially if the gifts involve praising God.

"We may want our children to do many different things in life but singing is also a gift. Singing gospel music is not different from preaching," said Mrs Mutungwazi.

Stand director Mr Mutsawashe Gumbo praised Karon for being very talented musically, adding that she has a bright future in music if well supported.

"Karon is one of the most talented singers I have ever come across. I think such a talent deserves to go international. If she gets more exposure she will make it big in gospel music," said Mr Gumbo.

Mr Lovejoy Tafadzwa Gutu, who co-ordinated the launch, said he was happy with the outcome which surpassed his expectations.

"Today's launch was pleasant and it exceeded our expectations. The music went without any hitches. Karon herself and all the back-up musicians did very well and we recorded a full house," said Mr Gutu.

He added that although the bulk of the audience was comprised of mature people around the age of 40, it was inspiring to see them enjoying youthful music.

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