Not even the rains could dissuade hundreds of revelers as they braved the downpour on New Year’s Eve to troop and witness gospel singer Ephraim Mutalange offload his eighth studio album titled Teti Ntwishike.
Various notable gospel artists including upstarts like Esther, Njamba and the Burning Bush Ministries praise team shared the stage with Ephraim to send agog the crowd that thronged Mulugunshi International Conference Centre.
Known as the Son of Africa, Ephraim, who has so far recorded over six albums, all of which have been successful with messages of hope and love, proved why he has remained one of the top gospel crooners.
With his charming voice, Ephraim kept his music followers on their toes while ushering them in the new year in style.
The Teti Ntwishike album added to previous studio projects which include Miracle Child (2001), Limo limo Ndanaka (2003), Lesa Talekelesha (2005), Mungu Mwenyewe (2006) Favour is My Name (2008), Acha Kulia (2010) and Lekeni Iloke (2011).
Top charters from the previous projects include hits such as This Life, Lesafye and You are the Fire.
Ephraim in his early days sold various merchandise on the street to try and make a living in Kalulushi Town.
Realising he could sing, his talent was soon discovered, but he refused to sing secular music but felt his calling in the industry was gospel tunes.
The Temba babe singer has travelled the world singing and sharing his testimony and has won awards locally and internationally including best Male Singer and Best Male Performer.
Ephraim sings and performs in three different languages such as English, Bemba and Swahili, captivating his fans in several African and western countries such as Australia, the United Kingdom and the USA.
Andrae Crouch, a legendary gospel performer, songwriter and choir director whose work graced songs by Michael Jackson and Madonna and movies such as “The Lion King,” has died. He was 72.
Crouch died Thursday afternoon at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, where he had been admitted Saturday after suffering a heart attack, said his publicist, Brian Mayes.
The Recording Academy, which awarded seven Grammys to Crouch during a career that spanned more than a half-century, said in a statement that he was “a remarkable musician and legendary figure” who was “fiercely devoted to evolving the sound of contemporary, urban gospel music.”
Crouch and his twin sister, Sandra Crouch, also a singer, lived in the Pacoima area of Los Angeles. They were pastors at the New Christ Memorial Church in the Los Angeles suburb of San Fernando.
“Today my twin brother, womb-mate and best friend went home to be with the Lord,” said Pastor Sandra Crouch. “I tried to keep him here but God loved him best.”
Born in San Francisco, Crouch wrote his first gospel tune at age 14.
Crouch wrote dozens of songs, including gospel favorites such as “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power,” ”My Tribute (To God Be the Glory)” and “Soon and Very Soon,” which was sung at a public memorial to Jackson.
Debuting in 1960, Crouch helped pioneer the burgeoning “Jesus Music” movement from the late 1960s and ’70s that started the spread of contemporary Christian music.
“We’ve lost a true pioneer and he will be missed,” said Jason Crabb, another Grammy-winning gospel singer.
His influence also crossed over into in pop music. Elvis Presley performed his song “I’ve Got Confidence” for a 1972 gospel album, and Paul Simon” recorded “Jesus Is the Answer” for a 1974 live album.
Crouch worked with many other stars, from Diana Ross to Ringo Starr, and his gospel albums sometimes featured performers from other musical genres. His 18th solo album, “The Journey,” released in 2011, featured Chaka Khan, Shelia E., Take 6, Kim Burrell and Marvin Winans.
Crouch was one of only a handful of gospel performers to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
His choir, The Disciples, sang background for Madonna’s song “Like a Prayer.” Crouch helped Michael Jackson arrange the King of Pop’s 1987 hit song, “Man in the Mirror.”
He also arranged music for the 1985 film “The Color Purple” — which earned him an Academy Award nomination — and Disney’s “The Lion King” in 1994.
His success came despite a lifelong struggle with dyslexia. To create, he would make drawings that allowed him to grasp the concept. For the Jackson song, he drew a mirror with an image in it.
“I memorized everything through sight, the shape of the word,” Crouch told The Associated Press in 2011. “Some things that I write, you’ll see a page with cartoon pictures or a drawing of a car — like a Ford — or a flag. I still do it on an occasion when a word is strange to me.”
“So when I finish a song, I thank God for bringing me through,” he continued. “You have to press on and know your calling. That’s what I’ve been doing for all my life. I just went forward.”
Crouch had health issues in recent years, including diabetes and cancer. Last month, he was hospitalized for pneumonia and congestive heart failure and had to cancel a tour.
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