Itai Sandras nurtures talent

Some of the members for Peace Gospel Choir

Some of the members for Peace Gospel Choir

LovemoreMeya Arts Correspondent
Young talent often suffers stillbirth due to failure of getting recognition and support from established artistes.

This is what has pushed gospel musician Itai Sandras to come up with a choir called “Peace Gospel Singers” in his efforts to nurture talent.

Sandras, who is no stranger to the showbiz industry and has two albums to his name, “Mwari Pindirai” and “Pazuva Guru”, doubles as a member and choir director.

In an interview Sandras said he has realised that a lot of young talent was going unnoticed as a result of lack of exposure.

“I realised that there are a lot of children in our society who are good in music and have a lot of talent going unnoticed,” said Sandras.

“I started inviting people who had talent and wanted to grow in music through my band. Our numbers started to grow until we came to a total of 40 and the good part is they are good singers.

“Every member in the choir started writing his or her own song and to date we have more than 20 songs with eight of them recorded and set for release on March 24 in our forthcoming album ‘Itai Tiende’. We are doing this with the aid of three producers, Charles Aibeki, Blessing Masanga and TafadzwaTapfumaneyi.”

Sandras said he does not own the choir but has an open house policy comprising members from inter-denominational churches.

“Everyone in the choir owns it, since our main thrust is to groom talent. I as a musician with experience, will be giving them a hand and enable them excel. The album will be ready by end of January.

“I am also working with upcoming musicians like Felani Chiroodza and Talent Chigwana making it a brilliant teamwork,” he said.

Plans are afoot to bring international gospel artiste, Rose Muhando from Tanzania for the launch while locally Kuda Mutsvene, Flame B, Trymore Bande and Kudzi Nyakudya are expected to wow the crowd.

He said the choir, formed last August, has received thumps up from the public and had a string of performances last year in churches and corporate functions.

Some of the tracks to look forward to on the project include “Tinunurei Mwari”, “Nyararai Kuchema”, “Wabwino”, and “Ndinovimba Nemi”.

The album comments on themes including love, hope, and encouragement, among other topical issues.

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