ZIO MWALE, Lusaka
EVEN with the threat of cholera hanging over Lusaka, gospel singer Ephraim’s New Year crossover concert at the Government Complex in Lusaka last weekend proved to be a resounding success.
Organised by Doxa Music and ACM Events, the concert saw live performances from the likes of Rachael, Manasseh, Esther Chungu, Reuben and One Praise.
Apart from being a crossover event, the concert also launched Ephraim’s tenth album titled Mulecita Ifipya, which has already won the hearts of many gospel fans.
The album is a follow-up on the Persevered and Teti Ntwishike albums that were launched in 2016.
The concert started at exactly 19:00 hours with some performances from One Praise, followed by Stan Chipuma who impressively performed his well-known old songs in the banquet hall, which was crammed with gospel lovers.
Thereafter followed Mutamula Mwale, Racheal and Reuben who all embraced the stage with their popular songs. Even with all these performances, the audience was impatiently waiting for the main acts.
At about 23:30 hours, Ephraim took to the stage with his backing vocalist; he started with some of his new songs which although not yet well-know, the audience seemed to love. Some of the songs are Mulandiwilako, Ndiwenu, Nimwe Yahweh and Teti Ndabe.
Other songs on the album are Ndelolela Imwe, You are With Us, Ntungululeni, Heavenly Father, I Am a Winner and the title-track of the album Mulecita Ifyipya.
It was the title-track Mulecita Ifipya, which seemed to gather them all, and towards mid-night, when the audience was counting down towards the New Year, the song was performed.
The song took the audience into a moment of worship and praise.
Yet, the concert was not over.
After 01:30 hours, the album was lunched but Ephraim continued performing songs from his previous album like Mweba Mushilo, Teti Ntwishike, I Need You More and Jericho.
Manasseh, formerly MKV, who is one of the crowd pullers in the gospel industry performed My Hallelujah Belongs to You (a song done by Hairston) and his latest song Naima. Later, Esther Chungu took to the stage with Paka Paka and Jehovah.
Ephraim’s new album, Mulecita Ifipya was produced by Ben Blazer and has 12 songs. It features collaborations with his sister Gladys, Kings Mumbi and Jojo Mwangaza.
Since emerging on the local music scene with Limo Limo Ndanaka under the Doxa Music label in 2006, Ephraim has grown on to become one of Zambian music’s biggest male gospel artistes, releasing several praise and worship-heavy songs that have become virtual anthems.