BULAWAYO – Zimbabwean gospel songbird, Evangelist Gaudencia Shumba has dedicated proceed for the launch of her album – By Grace, to the Silobela Jairos Jiri centre, a home for the old aged as a gesture of giving back.
“It is an act of love that is rooted in the teaching I get from my biological father, Apostle Shumba and the church, Emmanuel Evangelical Christian Ministry at large,” said Gaudencia.
“I donated food stuffs and detergents to help them survive in these hard times of Zimbabwe since a very few donors look out for them and I’m looking forward to doing more of those charitable events.”
The 22-year-old, currently in her second-year of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media and Society Studies at the Midlands State University, started her music career in 2016 when she recorded her first single titled Happy Birthday, a dedication to Prophet T.B. Joshua. Evangelist Gaudencia was inspired to venture into the music industry by three things.
“My voice being a talent I was born with, singing in church and at school leading to people finding my voice very interesting and the encouragement I got from my family inspired me to do music at a professional level,” she added.
“I recorded five tracks at Lyton Studios in Harare with the help of my sister, Mrs Dube financially. It got to the producer that the work wasn’t ordinary so he urged us as a family to push the album through the launch which was successfully held on 23 March this year.”
Her work has been recognised not only in her home city of Kwekwe but at a country level as well. Evangelist Gaudencia’s songs are produced by Lyton Ngolomi, husband to popular gospel artist, Bethan Ngolomi.
The gospel diva plans to release at least one album every year and holding charity projects quarterly in a bid to keep God’s work moving.
“I also look forward to working with other artists, including Bethan and Jah Prayzah on my next album.”