GOSPEL musicians Mathias Mhere and Blessing Shumba, who are widely regarded as bitter rivals, have collaborated on a song titled Driver Wehupenyu.
The single, off Mhere’s forthcoming album, is the celebrated gospel duo’s first ever duet.
“I will be dropping the single before the album. It will come as a precursor to the album which will be out in June,” Mhere said.
The Anoita Minana hit-maker’s rise to fame was marred by controversy, with some describing him as a copycat of Shumba, a tag he has fought hard to shake off.
A few years ago, Mhere was also accused of achieving immediate success by poaching Shumba’s band members, an allegation the Ephiziba singer furiously denied.
The rumour mill also claimed that Mhere and Shumba, who have both used Lyton Ngolomi as a producer, were once inmates at the same prison.
Yesterday Mhere said Driver Wehupenyu would prove once and for all that claims of bad blood between him and Shumba “were hogwash.”
“A lot was said about us in the past and up to now some people still believe the prison myth. We were never in prison nor did we meet near a prison,” Mhere told the Daily News.
With some people suggesting that Mhere mimics Shumba, Mhere told the Daily News yesterday that the new song will show the distinction between their voices.
“The issue of voices has been raised on different occasions and I believe this song will show how we celebrate the differences in our voices. In fact, if we had similar voices, then there would be no reason to combine on this song,” Mhere said.
The two singers have on several occasions tried, rather unsuccessfully, to dismiss claims of animosity between them.
At one point they shared the stage in Beitbridge at a gospel music fiesta but rumours of bitter rivalry persisted.