Liberty Dube Entertainment Correspondent
RISING local gospel musician Rodgers Bepete, who calls himself The Sower, has released a fourth album, “Hymns of The Sower Volume Two”, which tackles various themes affecting the society including early child marriages and child abuse.The project was produced by Gibson Makumbe of Voice of Thunder Studios (VOT) in Harare. Ten tracks contained on the album include the title track, ‘‘Mukushi’’, ‘‘Vana Vadiki’’, ‘Mwana Waani’’, ‘‘Tinaro Simba’’, ‘‘Muzambiringa’’, Makanganwa Sei’’?, ‘‘Mweya Mutsvene’’ and ‘‘Wanano’’.
The song ‘‘Vana Vadiki’’ seeks to address social ills bedevilling youths. It also condemns parents and guardians who facilitate early child marriages while depriving children of their fundamental right to education. The song ‘‘Mwana Waani’’ is a potential thriller. The lyrics and instruments were beautifully crafted, thanks to the artistic ingenuity of Harare-based promoter, Makumbe who made sure that the album is unique compared to the singer’s previous albums.
Bepete derives the theme of the song “Mukushi’’ from the parable of The Sower. He encourages listeners to always read the Bible and find strength and hope in its teachings. The song ‘‘Tinaro Simba’’ carries a message of hope. It encourages listeners to seek protection in God and pin their hopes in Him.
“Wanano is a track I dedicated to couples, particularly married ones, after I realised that the rate of divorce, infidelity and adultery has astronomically risen. To some, cheating is fast becoming fashionable. Anybody can cheat in a marriage institution, but it takes somebody to remain resolute and faithful,” said Bepete.
The song ‘‘Muzambiringa’’ features seasoned gospel musician Trymore Bande while ‘‘Mweya Mutsvene’’ features another gospel icon, Tinashe Mupambawashe. He boasts previous albums such as ‘‘Sarudzo’’, ‘‘Tinorwirwa NaMwari’’ and “Hymns of the Sower Volume One”.