|A reason to Celebrate!|
|Friday, 08 June 2012 12:00|
Pastor Bonnie Deuschle and the Celebration Church choir launched their latest double CD album on Wednesday night in an event that showed the advancement in technological developments from one of the undoubtedly finest choirs in Zimbabwe.
The album, titled “Yahweh”, also had a bonus album titled “Found Love” which was done by the church’s youth choir called the Mbichana Boys.
All the songs on the 13-track “Yahweh” were composed by Pastor Bonnie Deuschle and were produced locally.
Other tracks on the album include “Trust in You” and a Swahili song called “Nakupenda” in which Pastor Bonnie said she was inspired by her visit to Kenya.
“Yahweh”, which is also the official video for the album, was well received by the guests who could be seen swaying to the beat shaking off the wintry night.
Pastor Bonnie Deuschle also performed a Shona song called “Rudo RwaMwari” together with her daughter Sarah.
The mother and daughter song expresses God’s love, and is beautifully woven with rich popular Shona phrases.
“We are honoured to be singing in Zimbabwe and this song does not come from us but it is an inspiration from the Almighty,” rejoiced Pastor Bonnie Deuschle.
On the album “Found Love”, Daniel Deuschle, one of Pastor Bonnie’s sons who is part of the Mbichana Boys, said the song “Mbichana Mvura” was a reflection of the local music and meant to inspire Zimbabweans all over the world.
“Zimbabweans abroad can simply say ‘that is our home’ while those in the country can say this is a great piece of work,” said Tommy Deuschle, son to Pastor Bonnie.
The six-track album is a fund-raising initiative by the Celebration Youth Choir for the church’s development.
All of the videos on the two albums were recorded using iPhone.
Pastor Tazarurirwa Mtungwazi of the Celebration Church said shooting the videos by iPhones was not meant to be a way of showing off but to praise God with the little resources they had.
“We do not have a studio but the passion to praise God through music drove us to use what we have in praising God.”
The two albums will add on to Pastor Bonnie’s growing discography from the time she made the decision to preach the gospel through music in 1986.
Pastor Bonnie, whose natural talent in music manifested itself at a tender age, has ministered before politicians, shared the stage with American superstar Lashel Griffin, famed for her ascendancy from being just an “ordinary housewife to a celebrity” and Zimbabwe music legend Oliver Mtukudzi.
Tuku and Pastor Bonnie also did a duet titled “You and Me, Iwe Neni”.
She has also received a number of lifetime achievements awards for her contribution to the development of Zimbabwean music.
She already has a long history of musical involvement in the United States, where she was a member of a musical troupe named Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians.
Pastor Bonnie also sang with the well-known World Action Singers at Oral Roberts University.
A few years ago, she also published a book “The Great Connection,” which explores the concept of praise and worship.