THELMA BWALYA, Lusaka
GOSPEL singer Rachel Nanyangwe on Wednesday released her long-awaited live album Christ Revealed at an event held at Protea Hotel in Lusaka.
The 12-track mostly worship has taken Rachel about seven years to complete.
“The journey to Christ Revealed has taken us seven years, it has been exciting as well as challenging,” she says. “I had the privilege to work with an amazing group of highly gifted vocalists, instrumentalists, producers as well as artists both locally and abroad.”
The album was produced by her husband Edwin from Tyme Lyne Entertainment and has backing vocals of Penjani, Mutamula Mwale and the Elect band.
Rachel says the album was recorded during the time when she was going through challenges.
“This project was born out of many situations. I’ve lost friends and partners in ministry that were very dear to me,” she says. “I’ve had moments that pushed me against the wall and made me feel like quitting. However, I came to realise that no matter the circumstances, God expects to be worshipped. All in all, I have seen the hand of God and experienced miracles.”
Some of the songs on the album are Washed in The Blood, Super Power, Twamimya and Take Me Deeper.
Speaking at the launch of the album, Zambia Association of Musicians (ZAM) chairman Njoya T said Rachel has shown that it is possible to bring out the best out of young people like the Elect band through dedication and hard work.
‘The feeling of Christ Revealed comes at a good time, especially now that it’s Christmas, it is a project that we need to take time to listen to,” he said. “One thing that we as an association have appreciated about Rachel is that she is always striving to minister using live musical instruments with a live band. We know that the Elect band has been an energetic young band which has been put together by Rachel and her team.”
But he bemoaned the continued piracy which has adversely affected musicians with some of them now reluctant to produce and release albums.
“We know that we are losing a lot of income as musicians and as a nation and we would like to get to a place where we see that we are able to get a return on our investment so that we are helped to invest in future projects,” Njoya T said.
“We have also noted that music is changing with time, we’re now talking online sales which is new and we would like to encourage many more musicians to do their best to get on platforms that will help them sell their music for money.”