Upcoming artiste Bertha Nzombe is on a mission to popularise gospel music in her entertainment-starved home area of Chipinge.

The 26-year-old gospel musician, who has two gospel albums under her belt, believes being based in a remote area is not a handicap at all.

“I choose to perform in Chipinge because there are  fewer musicians who perform there and it is a big advantage for me,” Nzombe told the Daily News.

“The disadvantage with Harare is that there are too many musicians, so penetrating the market or getting fans is hard.

“Chipinge is better because there is little entertainment so it is easier to engage people there. I am one of the few recognisable artistes in the town.”

Nzombe, though, has to contend with the lack of recording facilities in the Manicaland town.

“I record my albums in Mutare which is just 180km away,” said Nzombe who is a teacher by profession.

The soft-spoken artiste, who claims she started singing when she had just started primary school, is happy with the quality of her two albums.

“My first album, Tenda Unopona which carries six songs was recorded in 2009. The video for the title track has received a lot of airplay on ZTV.

“The second album Ebenezzer has eight songs,” said Nzombe.

Nzombe performs mainly at private functions in her home town.

“We usually hold concerts at church functions that include revivals, conferences and weddings. In fact during the festive season on December 25 and 26 we will be holding shows in Chipinge’s oldest suburb called Gaza,” she said.