Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor
Mathias Mhere reckons it can only by God’s grace that he has amassed a lot in the past decade.
The star gospel singer said he can’t complain as the Almighty continues to bless him in abundance if her were to reflect on the journey trudged so far.
He shared his gratitude with H-Metro as he celebrated his 33rd birthday dinner at an upmarket Harare eatery.
Multiple award-winner Jah Prayzah was the guest of honour at the event.
“I would like to thank God for all the things he has done in my life in the past 10 years that I have been in the music industry.
“The music industry has opened many doors for me and it can only be God’s favour that saw me achieving a lot in a short space of time.
“I am also grateful to my fans who showed me love on my various social media handles and I didn’t know that I command such a huge following,” he said.
On why he decided to hold a birthday dinner with a few selected artistes, Mhere explained:
“I could have invited as many artistes as I can but I couldn’t due to the Covid-19 restrictions which do not allow us to hold mass gatherings.
“I just invited Jah Prayzah, Mambo Dhuterere, Mai TT and others just to share the joy I have on this special occasion life where I am simply celebrating this gift of life.
“Fellow musicians, promoters and family have also showed me a lot of love on my special day and I can’t believe that I have touched hearts of many.”
The Gutu bred sartiste said he had every reason to reflect with pride and share his achievements with fans.
“In the past 10 years or so, I have achieved more than 11 prestigious awards ranging from the ZIMAs, NAMAs and other African awards.
“This alone shows that God has really blessed my calling to minister his word through music.”
On material possessions acquired in the past decade he has been on the limelight, Mhere continued:
“There are some things that I can’t mention in the press but I am now a proud farmer who had a good yield this year which is ready to be delivered to the GMB depos.
“Besides music, we are also opening new grocery shops and all this came as a result of the support that my fans have for me.
“I can’t mention everything in the press because it would appear as if I am bragging but I am just happy with what I have acquired so far.”
He however lamented on the Covid-19 pandemic which has resulted in some of his peers finding the going tough.
“Covid-19 is real and it has badly affected most of us in the creative sector who were cashing in on mass gatherings.
“However, the pandemic has come as a lesion to us (artistes) that we need to diversify and use our influence to start income generating projects like farming, buying and selling among other trades.
“In my case, I am a farmer and I am proud of that after I realised that I needed to use my influence and try other trades,” he said.
Music and charity wise, Mhere added:
“When it comes to music, I will continue producing new stuff and it is my hope that a new album will definitely come between November and December.
“I have been working on this album and I hope it will be a triumph judging by what producers are saying.
“As part of my corporate social responsibility, I will continue assisting the less privileged people, especially the orphan.
“I will also celebrate my belated 33rd birthday with orphans just to cheer them up so that they can fulfil their talents.”
Mhere, who is now working on his ninth album due for release in the festive season, has vowed to continue forging alliance fellow artistes in other genres as part pf his audience building mission.
His eighth and 2020 album Talitakumi has also been endorsed as a triumph.
Besides Talitakumi, Mhere boasts of eight other albums namely Tinoda Nyasha, Anoita Minana, Nguva yeNyasha, Glory to Glory, Double Double, Old Testament, Panogara Nyasha and Greater than Solomon.