Songstress returns from sabbatical

Long-forgotten Zimbabwean gospel singer, Pergial Nare, is back in the studio to record the fourth album of her career after an eight-year sabbatical.

Pergial Nare is back.
Pergial Nare is back.

The songstress rose to instant fame as a teenager with her first offering, Abagoli Benhlanzi, which she recorded in 1997, but for which she says she was “robbed” of revenue by some of the people she worked with back then.

“I went into musical exile for the past eight years because I did not get anything from music, despite my songs proving to be a hit with gospel lovers in Zimbabwe,” the 27-year-old singer told Showbiz recently. “I came to South Africa in 2003 due to economic problems in Zimbabwe and I worked as a supermarket teller, but I left that job recently to revive my musical career and I hope that I will get my talent’s worth this time from the people I am working with.”

The Gwanda-born musician said that despite her early disappointment in the music business, music was in her blood.

“I have been trying to suppress the music talent due to that disappointment I went through, but because singing is in my blood, it has now forced itself out,” added the musician, who did not get a dime from the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.

“I am bringing my fans something very different from the Perggy they knew back then and my new album is suitable for all kinds of religious denominations, as it is dedicated to all tastes.”

Nare’s yet-to-be-named album, which carries 12 tracks, is sung in Sotho, Zulu/Ndebele, English and Khalanga and sees her re-unite with her former backing vocalists, Mothusi Ndlovu, Event Bhebhe and Daniel Ncube.

Some tracks feature Johannesburg-based Imbube group, Amakhosi Amahle as backing vocalists.

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