WHEN Joyful Praise Choir (JPC) stormed the music scene with smash hit, Ngoro Yeminana many believed they were a one hit wonder.
The hit single of their 2018 offering became an anthem in churches, radio and shows, earning the Gweru based outfit a name among the top acts in the gospel scene.
But their critics were somewhat convinced the youth group would not pull it off again, two years later.
With grandeur and charm, JPC is back with another potential hit, Aiwa Mwari.
Featuring the enchanting vocals of singer Ebenezer Munyanyi, Aiwa Mwari will conjure that love at first listen feel.
With a haunting hook, Aiwa Mwari is an unforgettable song which can have revellers grooving to the South African styled instrumental by jazz band, The Outfit and Mokoomba guitarist Trust Samende. Aiwa Mwari would leave any listener thinking of the goodness of God at a time the world is grappling with a deadly virus.
Already making waves on Youtube, social media and local radio, Aiwa Mwari has the potential of becoming an anthem in the mould of Ngoro Yeminana.
Released after nearly two years of hard work, following the successful Ngoro Yeminana project, Aiwa Mwari has been met with excitement from their legion of fans.
Starved of JPC music for nearly two years, fans camped on the JPC Youtube channel eagerly anticipating the release of the new single which also played concurrently on local radio stations and South Africa’s One Gospel.
For a local group, the instant premier on One Gospel is testimony of the quality of music JPC continues to drop.
Although the project was recorded without an audience last year in Harare, the energy exuded by the band and choir is enthralling.
The modern stage set up, lighting, video and sound production have proven that JPC put in a lot of thought into this project.
In an industry where gospel acts pay little attention to quality and presentation, JPC’s new project will compete with other continental productions.
JPC founder Gamaliel Madindi told Earground that the group is elated by the support from their fans.
He said the group was under pressure to up the ante on the current project following the overwhelming success of Ngoro Yeminana which garnered over a million Youtube views and earned the group an award at the Permicans in 2019.
“There was that pressure to release something better,” Madindi said.
Madindi promised a sizzling JPC Season 3.
“We didn’t pick that song, with the assumption that it was the best but because it resonated with our current situation where we need to inspire hope and gratitude,” he said.
The story of JPC would be incomplete without chronicling their struggles in the quest for stardom.
Before the hit Ngoro Yeminana, JPC recorded three projects with little success.
In fact, two of the group’s live DVDs in 2014 and 2015 flopped dismally but through sheer hard work, the group is poised for greater success in years to come.