Lovemore Meya Arts Correspondent
Two ex-convicts, Rufaro Kombori and Thomas Madzivanyika of Free Divine Touch accapela gospel group have gone solo with the release of theri debut album titled “Tirivakundi”.
The superb eight-track album recorded at Laiton Studios touches on several day-to-day and biblical issues.
Rufaro and his friend Thomas who are collectively known as the “Heavenley Bells” have natural talent that goes beyond the imagination of many.
Gifted with good voices, the pair proved that there is life after prison.
Having been convicted of rape and served more than five years each, the duo showcased their prowess in vocals, song arrangement and lyrical content.
“We were nurtured by Free Divine Touch and released our first accapela album as a group called ‘Tafura Nevavengi’ at Harare Central Prison.
“However, Thomas and I decided to go a notch up and came up with our first project which is different from our group. Our album has instrumentation that we thought gives it a pure gospel flair,” said Rufaro.
He said they both started music in 2008 while serving and their desire to preaching was influenced by the Charambas.
“Prison life is very difficult and after being convicted, one should think twice about being found on the wrong side of the law again. After we listened to Pastor Charamba and his wife, Olivia’s music, we decided to open a new chapter in our lives by becoming gospel artistes,” said Rufaro.
He said they would not abandon their group but continue doing both and in order for the pair to realise their full potential financial constraints are hindering progress and appeals to well-wishers for help.
On the tracks “Mari Shamwari Mwari” it reminds people to confide in the Almighty Lord whether all the time and castigated those who shun God after acquiring earthly desires.