HARARE – Upcoming gospel artistes expressed their sadness over the passing on of budding gospel diva-cum-music promoter Beauty James of Beauty Africa Promotions.
Mathias Mhere, an upcoming gospel artiste, said the arts industry has been dealt a major blow.
“It was a bitter pill to swallow; arts industry was dealt a heavy blow by the death of James.
“James had a passion of working with upcoming artistes but we believe death is God’s cause, it was her time,” said Mhere.
Mhere was part of the line-up of James’s first, and becomes also her last concert held at Harare Gardens on October 5 where South African gospel artiste Lundi Tyamara failed to show up.
Brian Ngolomi of Lyton Studios said the death of James was hard to believe.
“It came to us as a shock. Beauty desired much in working with unknown and upcoming artistes.
“I wish her spirit would continue working in the industry,” said Ngolomi.
Like the deceased, Lyton Studios’ focus is on promoting unknown names or new comers in the showbiz.
“We are called by God to raise people from the dust,” claimed Ngolomi.
The studio boasts of producing blockbusters album like Shumba’s award-winning album NdiMwari and Agatha Murudzwa’s Press On among others.
Trymore Bande, another upcoming artiste expressed the same sentiments saying the industry will never be the same without James.
“Upcoming musicians need promoters who have passion in developing talent like what James was striving to achieve.
“James’ death is a great loss to the entire arts fraternity especially upcoming artistes,” he said.
Bande recently released a fourth album entitled Zvakagara Zvakadaro which sounds more like one of Charles Charamba’s albums.
Songs making up the album include Uchandiramba Peter, Muimba YaMwari, Kuri Kwedu, Zvataungana, Nhowo Yangu, Pharaoh and Madhara Ekereke.
Bande recorded his debut album called Old and New Testament with Elias Musakwa’s Ngaavongwe studios which was released in 2007.
In 2009 he released another eight-track album, Discover To Recover before dropping another project The Scriptures with MJ Studios the following year.
Beauty died on Friday last week at the age of 26 and will be buried at Warren Hills in Harare on Sunday.
Family spokesperson Pastor Emmanuel James told local media that his sister was never well since her first Harare Gardens concert.
“The show faced challenges which negatively affected her health, causing her to be admitted twice at Harare Central Hospital because of depression.”
James had five albums under her name Anokuda Wakadaro being the latest.