Celebrated gospel star Olivia Charamba says she and her equally venerated husband Charles won’t be releasing new albums anytime soon.
Olivia, better known as Mai Charamba, is convinced that her last album The Gospel (2009) and her husband’s latest offering Pashoko Pangoma (2010) are still competitive on the market.
“Music has a life span and every album must have its own adequate life time,” Mai Charamba told the Daily News.
“Releasing albums every now and then undermines the value of music.”
The Hakuna Chombo hit-maker added that the celebrated gospel pair’s three-year drought should not be misconstrued for lack of new material.
“We are in the studio almost every day doing music. Because we minister to people through music it is important for us to take time perfecting our music,” she said.
Mai Charamba has three albums to her name namely Amen, Daily Bread and The Gospel that have won her a string of honours including Best Female Musician, Best Gospel musician, Best Gospel album and Most Outstanding Female Musician.
Her blockbuster debut album Amen released in 2000 contained such hits such as Ndirangarirei, Ndoraramira Jesu, Universal Winner and Bazamuphendindula that went a long way in making her Zimbabwe’s foremost female gospel singer.
The album Daily Bread released in 2002, with popular songs like Pasi Idandaro and I surrender to Jesus cemented her position as one of Zimbabwe’s best gospel entertainers with a huge following in the country and among Zimbabweans scattered in the Diaspora.
Charles Charamba, who spectacularly burst onto Zimbabwe’s music scene in 1999 with the hit Mhinduro Iripo, has garnered many Zimbabwe Music Awards, National Arts Merit Awards and various other honours that have made him arguably the country’s best gospel musician ever.