MDC-T President Nelson Chamisa ,the Zimbabwean opposition leader who graced the launch of gospel music sensation Mathias Mhere’s album Panogara Nyasha at 7 Arts Theatre in his capacity as pastor condemned rampant piracy saying that artistes had to enjoy their sweat.
Addressing that audience that chanted ‘chisa mama chisa’ before making it clear that he had come ‘spiritual issues not politics’ Chamisa said music was capable of moving the nation forward if piracy culprits stop this illicit behaviour.
“What we came here for (music) is very important and it takes the nation forward. Let’s stop piracy because it has crippled the nation. Let’s allow our artistes to earn from their sweat,” he said.
When Storify News Life & Style approached him on the side-lines stressed out the need to revamp the music industry a move which he said needed government to craft more policies aimed at curbing piracy.
“Music is very important. We need to create a very strong and vibrant music and film industry but that require government to craft policies aimed at ending piracy.”
Chamisa said the album prophetically spoke about Zimbabwe which has remained a peaceful country despite various socioeconomic and political challenges.
“Panogara Nyasha is a prophecy to Zimbabwe. Indeed, there is grace in this country. With challenges that we have faced in the past and still facing there could have been bloodshed in this country but because we are highly favoured by God we have peace,” he said.
Pentecostal Association of Zimbabwe’s overseer Never Muparutsa said Mhere’s music had greatly improved if compared to the beginnings.
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“Since the beginning of your career there has been a lot of improvements, the performance has greatly improved. We are so grateful to God for that,” he said.
Mhere thanked his fans who made it to the show whilst speaking to Storyfynews Life & Style on the side-lines.
“I just want to thank everyone who has come to support me now we are waiting for their reactions are listening to the songs on the album,” he said.
Chamisa joined Trymore Bande and Olinda Marowa in the challenge to sing the track Sarafina from the new album.
The album was auctioned at $25 050 with Chamisa pledging $1 000, Domboshava-based prophet Trust Rwanga ($2 500), Muparutsa $500, Chihwa Tours $450, AFM church overseer Amon Chinyemba $300, Zimpraise co-founder Jospeph Madziyire $200, an unidentified lady $100 and the Bachelors Republic 20 000 CDs.