Women in the gospel music sector should be respected and appreciated as they add value to the genre, a UK-based Zimbabwean singer, Lesley Madzorera, has said.
Speaking at the launch of her new single, titled "Baba Ndikurasika" at the weekend, she said women in gospel music had played a critical role in raising the profile of the genre in Zimbabwe and in Africa, despite the difficult economic circumstances.
"Despite the challenges that we've faced throughout the history of inequality, it's encouraging to see how far we've come," she said. "
We are strong, we are leaders and we ready to push the boundaries and break the glass ceiling. We must be respected and appreciated for this role. We also need a platform to shine as women gospel singers.
"My single 'Baba Ndiri Kurasika' is to all women, let God guide us and we remain strong."
Madzorera said she started singing gospel music as a calling.
She dedicated her new single to all the women in commemoration of the women's month.
The single, which was produced Rev Enock Kamhiriri of Healing Hands Recording Studio, is from the upcoming album, "Mweya Wangu".'
The bubbly songstress said her background was the foundation of her music.
"l grew up in a family with a strong Christian background and they loved to sing.
"They later encouraged me to pursue music. I was in the school choir during my primary and high school," the UK -based singer said.
"I was brought up in the Anglican Church and my music on the album is inspired by the Anglican hymns because they have a deep and powerful meaning."
Growing up in Kwekwe, before moving to UK in 2004, the former nurse-cum-investment-banking-compliance analyst said her role model was Shingisai Suluma.
The album "Mweya Wangu", will be released next month.