In no particular order, here are some of the Zimbabwean gospel songs that had a considerable impact in 2020.
Pastor G – Mweya Mutsvene
Released in January, this is a timeless song of worship for a prophetic time such as this.
Vabati VaJehova – Zvichanaka
The white garment-aligned music outfit brought hope to Zimbabwe and Africa at a time the world was battling the coronavirus pandemic. Dir. by RockLife Media.
Sabastian Magacha – Abraham
Released in May, Abraham saw the “Ridza Bhosvo” hit-maker roping in Avondale Primary Percussion Band for this vibrant video.
Janet Manyowa – Tariro
Off her seven tracks “Sounds of Victory” EP, multi-award-winning gospel musician, Janet Manyowa dropped Tariro, giving people hope following a very trying year in which lives were lost and livelihoods threatened by the coronavirus.
Rose Mambo Feat. Emelda Tshuma – Lujulile (The Deepest Love)
The kwaito-influenced jam is described as a song that expresses the depth of God’s love. The video was directed by Umsebenzi Ka Blaqs.
Shalom Charamba – Mbiri Yose
Shalom and Eternity Charamba who sings in a sibling group of five are children of a Zimbabwean Gospel Music power couple Charles and Olivia Charamba. This song, Mbiri Yose is a Shona worship song that knows no season as it declares the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Gemma Griffiths – Titungamire
Indie artist and songbird Gemma Griffiths released Titungamire off the Rematare Riddim by Chillspot Records, which is dedicated to people living in uncertainty following the COVID-19 outbreak. The virtuoso said the song’s purpose was to give solace and inspiration to people who were hopeless in their lives. Written by dancehall star Enzo Ishall, the video was directed by Marc Neilson and shot at the beautiful chapel of Bishopslea School in Harare.
Garry Mapanzure – Pindirai (A Million Tears)
Highly rated Rythm & Blues artist Garry Mapanzure unleashed this track off his 2020 EP Tagged ‘Sushi Season: The First’ Album as the COVID-19 pandemic was taking a toll on the world.
Eternity Charamba – Tonamata Jesu
One of the two concurrently released singles by Eternity and Shalom Charamba, children of Charles and Olivia Charamba. The song continues with the theme of praise and giving glory to Jesus.
Minister Michael Mahendere – Ndovimba Nemi
Taken from The Secret Place of Worship Live DVD Album, Ndovimba Nemi saw a huge bounce-back of one of Zim’s gospel juggernaut. The video was produced by QayaRootzPictures & Michael Mahendere.
Mambo Dhuterere – Zvinonyadzisa
In September, prolific contemporary gospel artiste Mambo Dhuterere premiered visuals for his song Zvinonyadzisa off his 2020 album Zvinodzimba Ngoni. The song is a gospel masterpiece coupled with sensational acoustics and lyrical content that depicts a wayward husband who recklessly neglects his loving wife and kids pursuing the pleasures of a small house. Mambo Dhuterere in the visuals portrays the tragic consequences one will bear in the future for neglecting their duties and responsibilities to take care of their family.
Shalom and Eternity Charamba- Vanomirira Jehovah
Gospel rookie Believe Zihove roped in Minister E Magwenzi and Mattie K for this powerful song of exhortation. The song is developed from Isaiah 40:31 which reads; “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Tembalami – Mbiri Ft Janet Manyowa
Tembalami and Janet Manyowa teamed up on this power-packed inspirational jam. Produced by Macdee and Spirit Fingaz, the sound goes straight to the heart. With the storytelling of Kmane and Eddie Ndhlovu, the whole message comes to life. Mbiri meaning Glory seeks to direct all our adoration to the author and finisher of our faith Lord Jesus Christ.
Vimby Vee – Mwari Vakanaka
Gospel music prodigy Vimby Vee dropped her latest gospel track titled Mwari Vakanaka, courtesy of Nash TV, confessing the unconditional goodness of God. The song encourages believers that no matter what situation they are facing, whether they find themselves being deserted by family and friends or surrounded by enemies, the Lord is the good shepherd that is faithful all the time.
Mathias Mhere – Nhorowondo
From the album Talita Kumi, the rags-to-riches Christian entertainer developed his latest jam from 1 Samuel 2:8 which says; “He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap. He seats them among princes and bestows on them a throne of honour. For the foundations of the earth are the LORD’s, and upon them He has set the world.” Directed by SlimazPro.
Rachel J Ft. Jonah Chivasa – Hallelujah
Amid allegations by her husband and Zimbabwe’s former Deputy Minister of Finance Terence Mukupe that South Africa based preacher Shepherd Bushiri and leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church had slept with his wife Rachel J and got her pregnant, Rachel Jambaya, affectionately known as Rachel J, hitched Jonah Chivasa for this bop. Dir. by Andy Cutter.
Blessings Manyara Music – Muripo Jesu
The Victor Enlisted-produced Amapiano gospel song talks about that God is always there wherever you go. Whatever situation you are going through, He is already in front of the situation, guiding and supporting you. He’s all around you.
Tinashe Magacha – Pikicha
This song’s lyrics were derived from the book of Genesis, verse 1:27: “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”, God created a man in his own image and likeness, meaning that we function like God and we have the likeness of God in us. We have to be proud of who we are and what God has done for us no matter what the devil throws at us.
Mathias Mhere & Mambo Dhuterere -Tenderayi Mweya
Two of Zim Gospel’s men of the moment teamed up for Tenderayi Mweya.
Jonah Chivasa – Musharukwa
With whom, then, will you compare God? To what image will you liken him? asks award-winning gospel musician Jonah Chivasa in his newest offering which dropped in September.
Father Mahendere – Serendipity
With an insane amount of energy, Father Mahendere crawled out of whatever hole he was hiding to claim his space on the waves with this song. Serendipity, he said, is a song that talks about good chances which come in life together to produce a good or wonderful outcome (surprise).
Pastor G & OneHeart Worship Ft Tasha Place – Versace Nebhachi
To celebrate his fiftieth born day, urban contemporary gospel vet and one of the most decorated and recognised gospel singers in Zimbabwe, Pastor Stanley Gwanzura, popularly known as Pastor G roped in OneHeart Worship and Tasha Place for his new song, Versace neBhachi. He described the song as “a song of hope in trying times”.
Jah Prayzah Feat. Zimpraise – Miteuro
On his Hokoyo album, acclaimed pop star and national treasure Jah Prayzah teamed up with famous contemporary gospel music group Zimpraise for Miteuro. The song is a prayer crying for mercy and protection from the natural disasters that we face and leave us devastated from the mass loss of human life. These include the Cyclone Idai than we experienced as Zimbabwe, Mozambique and some parts of South Africa last year. The song not only talks of Chimanimani but all the trials and tribulations we face as the human race.
Fungisai Mashavave Zvakavapano- Mutsvene (Holy)
Mutsvene is all we tell God in every situation. He is Holy and Just always. There are so many things that make us want to give up on our faith but he is God by himself. Fungisai said she did this video last year and had been feeling too low to want to sing at all but God has raised more hope and faith in her that she just thought she could encourage someone. The video features the Matendera Community of Buhera.
Bonnie Deuschle & Celebration Choir – We Stand
Inspired by Ephesians 6:13-18 “…having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore,” and featured on the God Is In This Place album, this track is a reflection of the attributes and faithfulness of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and was written at a time when the Celebration Churches International ministry and Zimbabwe were facing what seemed like impossible situations to overcome.
“We hope it inspires you to stand firm on the of God and to always trust in Him no matter what situation this world might through at you … “And we stand. Having done all, we stand. Lifting up holy hands. Because the battle is the Lords,” said Pastor Deuschle.
Compiled By Max Carter. He is a Music Head and a Social Media Influencer.
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