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Jojo Mwangaza, Kings and Ephraim under one roof

Gospel Grooves with FELIX NYAMBE
JUST after a successful concert with Nigeria’s revered minister of praise and worship, Preye Odede, the Christian community is in for more redemption moments, thanks to the Christian Arts Promotions (CHAPRO) who have made other plans for the festive season.
The dust has hardly settled down when we witnessed one of the most well-attended gospel concerts when Odede played guest artiste at Dickson Kadansa’s album launch in Lusaka and Ndola. And now a bigger show is coming.
“The contracts have been signed, sealed and delivered and CHAPRO is pleased to announce that come December 31, 2016, Jojo Mwangaza, Ephraim and Kings Malembe Malembe will be performing on the same stage,” states CHARPO’s Michael Waddy.
For gospel music lovers and those desiring to cross over into the New Year in the presence of God, this is a once-in-a-life-time concert worth attending at the traditional venue, Mulungushi International Conference Centre (MICC).
CHAPRO has promised to deliver to those in attendance a night full of anointed praise and worship by musicians signed under their label.
“Apart from Jojo, Kings and Ephraim, we have about 20 of our upcoming artistes under our label who will also perform on the night…it will be uplifting,” Waddy says.
And because Jesus is the ultimate reason for the festival season, the artistes will also be expected to deliver the message of the birth of the Messiah, who came to wash our sins away.
This, for obvious reasons, will be done through songs designed to bring salvation, hope and faith in Christ Jesus.
After his expected Preserved and Eumbakilila double album launch at the Banquet Hall of the New Government Complex last Friday (November 25), Ephraim goes to MICC reinvigorated and in high spirits.
Since debuting on the gospel music circuit with his Limo Ndanaka (2006) album, Ephraim has become one of the trendsetters in contemporary gospel music.
His sophomore album, Lesa Talekelesha and its sequel Lekeni Iloke (2011), have all been seen as the tools that bridge the gap between God and his children for the purpose of healing and blessings.
But recently, it has been songs from his album Teti Ntwishike, which have been on the lips of many of his followers, culminating into Ephraim claiming and maintaining his moniker, the Son of Africa.
His most popular songs on the album are Nimwebo, I need You More, Umweo Wandi, Talalikeni and Mwe ba Mushilo.
Meanwhile, Kings the other artiste for the night is renowned for his “Malembe Malembe” music from his debut album Uwampela Ameno (2010); the alluring Pye Pye Pye (2012); No Retreat and Shut-up (let God speak) both released in 2014.
And with the release of his brand new album, Lesa Alikula, Kings and his talented Royal Gospel Band, comprising Papa Bruno, Kristin Nkole and Philimon, will undoubtedly set MICC on fire.
Meanwhile, Norway-based Congolese artiste Jojo Mwangaza needs no introduction or very little of it, because even in the diaspora, he commands a huge following.
During his stint in Zambia, Jojo produced highly successful music and was known for inspiring praise and worship songs.
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