Mazuruse gains ground

GIFTED gospel musician and celebrated producer Forward Mazuruse made his intentions known with a scintillating performance as he officially unveiled his latest album Jesus is everything (Jesus ndiye zvese) last weekend.

The celebrated producer with over 500 productions to his name confirmed he is here to stay with a top drawer act that left fans clamouring for more. The new album has been well received by many with the track Muneni already commanding a slot on local gospel charts.

Mazuruse who was joined on stage by his sister and upcoming musician Gladmore Mazuruse, Charles Zanovhi, Pastor Ngoni, Brian Mufara and the legendary Noel Zembe said he was in music to stay and was thrilled by the support.

“I have always been a composer and singer but when I set up my recording company Revival Studios I then shelved studio albums.  The new album is the third after I released two other albums Guitar Praise Volume 1 and 2 which were all instrumental versions of common hymns.

“The response to the new album has been highly-encouraging and I want to thank my fans, friends and family for the tremendous support. It’s all about praise and worship really,” he said.

Dubbed Forward and Friends in Concert, the Saturday event was a unique concert that brought together family members, the business community, pastors and ordinary gospel music lovers together.

“No man is an island and whatever strides I have made as a musician are a result of the support structure from friends, family,  the church and business community which is why we have so many giving testimonies in between performances.  It is a thanksgiving concert,” Mazuruse said.

Guest of Honour and renowned music critic Fred Zindi saluted Mazuruse for his steadfastness in the industry. “Forward is not your ordinary musician. Beyond being a man of integrity, he has got a professional touch to his music which is why he owns a recording studio coupled with other innovations under his stable.  The quality that the album Jesus Is Everything has speaks of a musician extraordinaire,” Zindi said.

Mazuruse’s father Josiah Mazuruse also gave a moving testimony of how the musician has always been passionate about music from a tender age.

“Forward is a born artiste and I am really happy to witness his growth in the industry. His passion for music started when he was a small boy strumming home-made guitars.

“Even when he was doing his Advanced Level at school, Forward who is academically gifted, would still spend time playing keyboards and fine tuning his guitar skills. I remember we would have run-ins here and there but this boy has made me proud,” he said to applause.    

Director of Ceremonies and popular DJ, Wally Walters gave impetus to the event with witty interjects coupled with a flawless presentation.

Another notable revelation at the concert was sister to Mazuruse, the silky-voiced Gladmore whose debut gospel album will be hitting the market in the not-so-distant future.

Mazuruse also revealed that he was setting up a charity arm under his studios to be known as Music for Development Foundation and would do his best to nurture young and disadvantaged youths through training and free recordings at his Revival Studios situated at Rainbow Towers hotel in Harare

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