The Sunday Mail
TOP gospel artiste Mathias Mhere’s album launch is slated for this Friday at The Venue in Harare.
Titled ‘Greater than Solomon’, the 10-track album carries a song which was initially supposed to be a dedication to the late Dr Oliver Tuku.
However, following the death of Mhere’s brother Lovemore, the song was dedicated to him.
‘Greater than Solomon’ is Mhere’s eighth project.
“The song ‘Chipanga Mazano’ was initially composed as a dedication to the late Dr Mtukudzi but somehow I delayed releasing it.
“As my brother was in hospital, the song would continuously play in my head and l have since dedicated it to him. I have added a few lines to the song for him,” explained Mhere.
June was supposed to have been a month of festivities and jubilation for Mhere.
After celebrating his 31st birthday on June 13, he had to deal with the pain of losing his brother.
Mhere had to shift the launch of ‘Greater than Solomon’ from May 31 to June.
“It’s the biggest challenge I have faced in my career so far,” said Mhere.
“It was tough knowing that brother was battling for his life after he had been involved in a car accident, it was hard.
“We find comfort in the word of God,” Mhere said.
Mhere said it’s a daunting task to stay relevant in the music industry.
“The key thing is to understand that we are all people, we live with people, we sing for people and God guides us on what to sing.
“You can’t achieve that without humility and I value everyone’s feedback.”
Mhere promises a brilliant performance as he launches ‘Greater than Solomon’ The album features Jah Prayzah on a track titled ‘Jerusarema’ and Malawian singer Skeffa Chimoto on ‘Nyika dzakabatana’.
However, Chimoto will not be available for the launch as he has a show in South Africa.
‘Gona’, ‘Suwo Rakavharwa’, ‘Waikunda Nyika’, ‘Jakuchichi’, ‘Tinosvetuka Rusvingo’, ‘Hembe yemubhero’ and ‘Kamushini’ are some of the tracks on ‘Greater than Solomon’.
Since his 2012 grand entrance with ‘Favour’, Mhere has grown into a fine gospel artiste.
The gospel artiste is also proud to be celebrating a decade of marriage.
“I am blessed to have a beautiful family.
“My wife is my pillar of strength. She is always there for me and she usually predicts well on which song will be a hit,” he said.
In 2015 before the launch of ‘Glory to Glory’, Mhere and wife Susan Dzinamarira made inglorious headlines as it was alleged that Dzinamarira was cheating on her husband with his friend Gift Mahlupeka.
Dzinamarira admitted that she was cheating and Mhere forgave both his wife and friend.