Gospel Grooves with FELIX NYAMBE
YOU have to listen to budding female gospel artiste Nyuma’s new song titled Nikuthamandani (I’ll Praise You). Her song is not just one of those praise songs. With this one, she hopes to take it anywhere the Holy Spirit drives her to including secular clubs.
For the Gospel Outreach Fellowship praise member, who was born Norah Harawa, and received the Lord as her personal saviour in 2000, any place, anytime can be a place of worship, as long as souls are won.
“The Bible did not place any restrictions as to where one should go and minister. If we only minister to the already saved, then I think we are missing the point,” Nyuma says. “We need to reach out to sinners.”
And if the Holy Spirit leads one to go and minister in a bar, she adds, then well and good, because at the end of the day, it is the Holy Spirit that directs.
She also said that if in that bar where gospel artistes have gone to minister, one or two souls get saved through their ministry, they would have achieved God’s purpose for that day.
Recorded at Manasseh’s Umoja Production Incorporated, the former Libala and Kabulonga Girls Secondary School pupil’s song is one of those that will make-up her nine-track debut album.
With her inspiration largely drawn from the likes of Cece Winans, Nicole C Mullen and Mary Mary, Nyuma says she would like to work with some of the seasoned local praise leaders.
“We have brilliant artistes here in Zambian such that it is really difficult to pick a favourite or whom I would want to collaborate with, it is impossible for me to choose,” she says. “Whoever comes will be an honour for me and I am inspired by every one of them.”
Married to Clement Chileshe, with whom she has two children, Mwango (six) and Christine (three), Nyuma says she has been worshipping and praising God when she was still in school.
“I was in a choir both at Libala and Kabulongs Girls High Schools, long before I even got served in 2000,” says Nyuma, 33. She completed at Kabulonga Girls in 2002.
Talking about how gospel music ministers to her, Nyuma says she has gone through different challenges and encounters with God such as when she was once attacked by robbers and almost lost her life, only to be saved by the hand of Jesus.
“Believe it or not, I was not even born again at the time but at the mention of His name (Jesus), I was not robbed, raped or even harmed,” she confesses.
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