Mathew Masinge, Entertainment Reporter
Gospel musician Blessing Shumba has vowed to assist upcoming artistes in Manicaland after assuming the chairmanship of Manicaland Union of Musicians.
The organisation was formed recently to cater for the needs of artistes in the province as a quick response to the live show ban most performers have endured since 2020.
“I am happy our organisation has started off on a right path after we were endorsed by government through the Ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation.
“The Ministry recommended us to Empower Bank which is footing loans to our members to start projects before returning to the stage,” said Shumba.
The musician said so far a few have benefited from the fans.
“Fans have been disbursed towards a few artistes and we are monitoring their progress, so far so good.
“We are encouraging artistes to put up a clean project proposal and be in line to benefit from the program.
“As artistes it’s important to invest in other businesses for us to be remain on our feet in times like these,” he said.
The Tariro singer is also basking in the glory of his latest 12-tracks-offering, Shumba Yekwa Judah.
The album is Shumba’s ninth studio album recorded at his Psalmist Studios in Mutare.
“The new project is a focus on hope and faith on our creator especially under the new world order.
“Most of the songs are a call to worship as our last resort, it’s only the hand of God that will deliver us from the pandemic and our current sufferings,” he said.
Shumba featured fellow singer Reverend Chivaviro in one of the songs-Tungidzai Mwenje.
The duo once again proved their versatility and word smith by producing a lyrical rich song worth a listen.
Chivaviro described the effort as a match of quality.
“Each time our voices combine music lovers are assured of a polished product, this is another song we hope will light up and be well received by our fan base,” said Chivaviro.
Some of the songs on Shumba’s new album include Munyu, Mwari Munoshamisa, Rudo rwaMwari and the title-track Shumba yekwaJudha.