HARARE – Upcoming gospel musician Gift Mahlupeka has released a second album titled Warfare.
The Chimanimani-raised musician says his new eight-track album demonstrates his new-found maturity.
“Warfare is miles ahead and it shows that I have developed a lot since I released my debut album last year,” said the 29-year-old gospel star.
Songs on the album produced by Jonathan Mgazi include Mhondoro, Musandisiye, Zviyo Nesora, Zvinoita Mwari, Mwaka, Nechikonzero, Mbiri Ndeyashe and Munamato Womufambi.
“Fans are falling in love with the product,” said Mahlupeka.
“Even on radio the album is doing wonders. I am overwhelmed by the support I am getting.”
Mahlupeka, who heads a group called The Heralds of God, told the Daily News that his poverty-stricken upbringing in Chimanimani District in Manicaland was a big inspiration in his fledgling career.
The gospel star cut his musical teeth in a group called The Apostolic Gideons gospel group in 2000 which gave him the necessary training to release his debut album called Breakthrough 12 years later.
Mahlupeka’s debut album, recorded at Sir Ober Studios, however failed to live up to the promise of success implied in its name.
“The failure of Breakthrough on the market due to poor marketing did not dampen my passion for gospel music. It actually gave me courage and more confidence,” he said.
The 29-year-old gospel star’s musical heroes include secular musician Progress Chipfumo and veteran gospel star Pastor Charles Charamba.
“I grew up listening to the music of Progress Chipfumo and Charles Charamba. At some point in future I hope to collaborate with these two great musicians,” he said.
Mahlupeka has promised to do more live shows in the coming months.
“Currently, I am using proceeds from my timber business to finance my music career. I hope to start holding live concerts around the country and I am happy that Mathias Mhere has pledged to assist me as far as concerts are concerned,” he said.