Cleric shares hope through song


Sowell Chikwari

BULAWAYO-BASED gospel musician-cum-cleric Tapiwanashe Jefta Marambi, 35, has released a single giving hope and urging fellow citizens not to despair amid the ravaging coronavirus pandemic.

Titled Munesu/Ulathi, the single which was done in isiNdebele, Shona as well as English vividly captures the dire situation facing ordinary people as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, while sharing hope through fostering unity and love.

The track is rapidly gaining traction on the airwaves, cementing the budding musician’s foothold as a recording artiste in the cutthroat gospel music genre. It was produced by Brighton Chirumbwana at Play On Studios in the City of Kings, as Bulawayo is affectionately called.

The Munesu/Ulathi singer leads the Marambi Music Band which consists of Hold Muchenu, Brighton Chirumbwana, Memory Ephraim and Rumbidzai Tasara.

The group released their debut album last year titled Kuna Mwari Zvitaure with five tracks namely; Chokwadi zita raJesu, Dai vasiri Jesu, Kuna Mwari zvitaure (title track), Ngikhokele OJehovah and Tichengetei. The album remains popular with gospel lovers on local radio stations.

“I was inspired to compose this track after observing that most people were finding the going tough amid a gloomy picture posed by Covid-19. Enzo Ishall’s song Matsika also motivated me to record this song hence I urge people to take care of each other by providing basic needs such as food, shelter and clothing for the vulnerable members of the community. We should also appreciate the role being played by those caring for coronavirus patients as they need our support financially and psychologically. Currently I’m shooting a video for Munesu/Ulathi which I hope to unveil on digital platforms in the coming weeks.

“I also urge churches and other religious-affiliated institutions to play a part in fighting Covid-19 by coming to the aid of the less fortunate regardless of their denomination. I also wish to thank my loyal fans, family and friends for their continued support without which this project would not have been successful,” Marambi told the Daily News.

Marambi, who hails from Buhera, ministers with the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe Mzilikazi-Luveve circuit. He is also passionate about charity work and is involved in philanthropic work through the Methodist Caring Hand (MethoCare). He is married to Nomaqhawe Ncube and the couple is blessed with two children.

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