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The Charambas Launches Double Albums, "Abba Father" and "Voice of Miriam"

A number of gospel musicians have come and gone but the Charambas have stood the test of time. In a rare occasion and a first in their career, the duo launched their albums on August 16, "Abba Father" by Pastor Charamba and "Voice of Miriam" by Mai Charamba. As people are listening to the albums it is time to reflect on what has kept the Charambas going.

Whilst many gospel artistes perceive themselves as super humans, the Charambas have remained part of Zimbabwe's music family and managed to maintain their brand as the first couple of gospel music. They have consulted and networked with many artistes regardless of the genre they play.

GOSPEL music power couple Charles and Olivia Charamba on Wednesday night ended a four-year drought that their fans had endured when they officially launched their long-awaited solo projects — Abba Father and Voice of Miriam respectively — at the Zimbabwe College of Music in Harare.

In an exclusive interview with NewsDay on the sidelines of the launch, Charamba described the double release as an olive branch they were extending to their fans.

“We are back from our long break. We are no longer going to take long before releasing,” he said.

Charamba said his nine-track album and his wife’s eight-track effort, although very inspirational, were different in outlook from their recent albums.

“Our latest albums are totally different in character yet very inspirational. God is definitely going to speak to people’s lives through these albums. We did not record them alone. We always felt His presence right from the composing stage,” he said.

He said the title Abba Father was inspired by scriptures as Abba was the Aramaic term for “father,” but expressing a strong father-son bond in the original language.

He said Voice of Miriam is derived from the celebratory attitude adopted by Moses’s sister, Miriam, after realising that God had fought mightily on behalf of the children of Israel.

Media, Information and Broadcasting Services minister Christopher Mushohwe, who was the guest of honour, said the Charambas had made great strides in promoting local music.

“Our music industry has been amplified by your music genre and placed Zimbabwe on the global music market stage, a major important force in pursuit of global economic prosperity.

The Charambas will host a grand concert at Chitungwiza Aquatic Complex on September 30.

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