The Sunday Mail
GIFTED gospel singer Everton Mlalazi will on Saturday release his much-awaited debut album titled “In the Presence 1”.
Mlalazi has a unique studio delivery that has left music aficionados spellbound.
His thought-provoking lyrics are aptly supported by a soothing sound.
The rising and award-winning singer has over the past year dominated gospel music charts on different national radio stations with his singles.
In June this year, he broke reverend Togarepi Chivaviro’s Star FM record of six consecutive weeks at the summit of the Gospel Greats Top 20 show with his single “Pfugama Unamate”.
Chivaviro had dominated with his monster hit “Ebenezer”, which set the record in 2014.
Before this, Mlalazi had released another pulsating track, “Uyingcwele”, that was voted top on the show for five straight weeks.
Currently, the musician is number one on the Gospel Greats Top 20 programme with his new offering “Mwari Hamushanduki”, which features celebrated South African singer and producer Benjamin Dube.
Last Sunday, the song, which has an accompanying video, landed on positions one and two on ZiFM and Power FM gospel shows respectively.
The aspiring musician has also been doing well on ZBC-TV, Skyz Metro FM and Radio Zimbabwe Coca-Cola Top 20.
Naturally, fans are asking for more.
“The positive reception is so encouraging and fans want more from us,” said Mlalazi.
“We have decided to drop a 10-track album this month. We have compiled all the singles that we have done in the past and also added three brand-new tracks.”
The album “In the Presence 1” will be released on November 27 and was produced by Nigel Nyangombe.
Some of the songs featured include “No Time There”, “Pfugama Unamate” featuring minister Mahendere, “Mwari Hamushanduki”, “My Father’s House”, a collaboration with former Joyous Celebration member Xolly Mncwango.
“This is the first instalment. We are working on part two, which will be yet another album to be released soon,” he said.
“The message in the album is simple: Never leave the presence of God. Hold on (Bambelela) to God because He does not change (Mwari Hamushanduki). God shall wipe away all tears in heaven and there will be no night there because His presence will shine upon us.
“Continue in prayer (Pfugama Unamate) and God shall answer you because Jesus is the answer. Everyone is welcome into the Father’s house . . . ”
But, is this a departure from singles production that is now a part of the singer’s signature?
“I will still be dropping singles. However, much of the effort is currently being channelled towards albums. As usual, our projects will come full of surprises. We hope to keep our fans spiritually uplifted and entertained.”
Mlalazi’s music is being played on regional channels such as DStv’s Trace Gospel and One Gospel of South Africa.
“Collaborations have opened new avenues for us. We have a lot of people from outside our borders that are showing keen interest in our work. It is our wish that we spread the word of God as far as possible through music,” he said.