Journo releases album
Journalist-cum-musician Nyasha Wenyasha Chingono has released his debut album " /Mbiri Kuna Jesu/ " with high anticipation that it will make a mark on the gospel music scene.
The diverse seven-track album has a fusion of afro jazz, traditional and worship music which have been blended with the saxophone, acoustic guitar and /mbira/.
Featuring tracks,/Anogona Zvese, Nyasha Dzenyu, Mbiri Kuna Jesu, Poreswa and Musadzokere Kumashure/, the album will be launched in Bulawayo on May 21 at Harvest House International church.
Although virtually unknown in the gospel music industry, the 26-year-old musician has worked with popular artistes Takesure Zamar Ncube and Worship Addicts who have imparted knowledge to him. He has also graced international stages as he has performed in South Africa and Botswana with support from Harvest House International church.
"I started composing music at a tender age of 16 when I was still based in Harare. I tried to release my first single in 2007 but to no success after the record label turned me down.
"After that, I decided to pursue journalism studies at Midlands State University and graduated in 2014. I worked for a brief period at the Daily News," said Wenyasha.
He is currently a Gweru correspondent at The Financial Gazette.
Wenyasha, who has been a back up for Worship Addicts for the past five years, said: "I think I've since matured to start my own project hence my decision to go solo. I'll continue working with Worship Addicts as an opening act. There are also plans to feature one of my songs on Praise Addicts 3, which is very encouraging as they're recognizing my work."
On his debut album, Wenyasha worked with Vocal Ex who backed his music with soothing vocals. The Outfit band, Takesure Zamar, Bekithemba Ndlovu, Daniel Ndlovu, Sydney Mutsinze and Joseph Chinouriri also contributed.
Anogona Zvese, Wenyasha said, was a song that encourages people to pray and trust God while Nyasha Dzenyu chronicles how God has helped him over the years.
"Nyasha Dzenyu is my testimony showing how God has fought for me over the years. It's no coincidence that my name is Wenyasha, I believe in the power of grace to change people's lives," said Wenyasha.
Last year, the artiste's young brother, Tafadzwa Chingono, produced Wenyasha's debut jazz single “/Musadzokera Kumashure/ “ which features Takesure Zamar. The song was received well by the public