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Unplugged and Unstoppable: 31 Years Later and Shower Power’s Acapella Gospel Legacy Keeps Flowing

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Unplugged and Unstoppable: 31 Years Later and Shower Power’s Acapella Gospel Legacy Keeps Flowing

The year was 1992 and two young Adventist vocalists Venus Khumalo and Simba Nyawiri came up with an acapella gospel outfit, Shower Power. Their intention was to give a young acapella flavor to the ministry at a time when gospel music was still in its infancy within the space of genre experimentation. Shower Power has stretched for over three decades, delivering timeless pieces of music. What’s most gripping is its tenacious approach to survival when most of its contemporaries have long fizzled out.

By Tawanda Mupatsi

Shower Power delivered a distinct sound of non-instrumental music that many developed an ear for. It was more like the localized version of the esteemed American Acapella Company with relatable toppings in terms of language, themes and delivery. In 1992 the group managed to release their first album which was titled ‘Shower Power Experience‘. As many were still warming up to this new approach in music ministry, the acapella outfit delivered another album titled ‘Time has run out’. However, it was only in 1999 that Shower Power made a resonating impact on Zimbabwe’s airwaves with its third delivery titled ‘God In His Mercy’. From that same offering was the song ‘Jesu anondidisisa’ which became a popular gospel anthem. Many can recount how the song’s accompanying music video was a recurring piece on the yesteryear Sunday evening gospel program the Prime Gospel Show.

From ‘God In His Mercy’ album Shower Power has over the years released several other albums hinged on the group’s motto of ‘salting the earth through song’. Its relatable subject matters addressed in colorful vocal arrangements have made its music more palatable among the host of different music consumers. In the song ‘Without Love’ on the group’s album ‘The Journey’ Shower Power made a clarion call for humanity to uphold the virtues of love. This was in direct response to the xenophobic attacks that once haunted the Southern Africa region. In the song ‘Ndomira Pedyo’ the group exhorts people to remain hopeful irrespective of life’s turbulence. It is from such day to day lived realities revealed in musical compositions that Shower Power has remained connected with its base of followers.

While Shower Power maintained an open door policy in regard to recruiting new talent, it remained an open secret on how the group had high standards in terms of its gleaning process for quality and excellence. This was echoed by Jeremiah Janda, the current group director during The 2020 Thanksgiving Concert when he recounted how he had hesitations when he received the first call to join the group as a result of the set musical standards

The time I joined Shower Power the last member of the first generation had just left the country and this was the second generation which had just recorded ‘God In His Mercya sound we had never heard before, whilst we were still being amazed by such a sound and enjoying this music and hoping that this generation carries on a bit longer to my surprise I was being called to join this group. I initially refused, I thought I wouldn’t fit in, I thought I was not qualified to sing for this group. I felt like I would spoil things.

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Several generations of Shower Power have come and gone, all the founding members are no longer with the group. A complete set of new youthful faces now grace the stage; the story of Shower Power is one of continual shedding where even in the absence of the originators the gospel music ministry’s wheels remain well-oiled. As the founders take their seats it might be humbling for them to reflect on how they never imagined that such an establishment would one day have a snow-ball effect. Shower Power has performed in different states of the USA including Michigan and Indianapolis. Within the African region besides Zimbabwe the group has traveled with its music ministry to places like Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Malawi, Botswana to name a few.

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