Gospel music on the rise: Charamba
10 January 2017
RENOWNED gospel musician Pastor Charles Charamba believes the genre is on the rise.
Pastor Charamba says those who say the industry is taking a nose dive are probably looking at names.
He said looking at specific names, critics will not see the growth of the industry.
“The industry is rising and those who say it is going down are looking at some names. Looking at names will make one not see the growth,” he said.
Pastor Charamba was speaking at the Star FM Gospel Greats awards ceremony on Sunday where the top five artistes for 2016 were awarded courtesy of the sponsor RayClash Trading who promised more in the support of gospel music in the country.
The number one position went to Janet Manyowa and Minister Michael Mahendere.
Munyaradzi Munodawafa came second with Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave third.
Reverend Chivaviro came fourth and the Heartfelt Worship team on fifth.
They got hampers and certificates from the sponsor RayClash trading who are also behind the sponsorship of the renowned gospel group CCAP Voice of Mbare.
They were also behind the program clash of choirs on StarFM which saw a number of gospel outfits getting recording contracts.
CCAP, Fungisai, Tembalami, Mahendere and Munodawafa performed live for the audience during the ceremony at the Star FM premises.
The programme, Gospel Greats was initially hosted by Leander Kandiero before Napstar took over and leaving it to Yvonne Karichero.
Also at the awards ceremony were gospel musicians Mathias Mhere, Pastor G and Tatenda Mahachi.
Speaking at the ceremony Pastor G hailed the growth in the industry saying gospel music is one of the most produced music in the country.
He said three things character, consistency and creativity make up a gospel artiste and not focus on financial gains.
He also hailed Fungisai for her creativity in reinventing her career.
Minister Michael Mahendere, in an interview spoke of the importance of collaborations following the success of his collaborative effort with Janet Manyowa.
He said collaborations unite Christian denominations, fighting divisions.
He said he is working on a new project, Getting Personal With God III which will be dropped this year.