Bliss Family revives a capella genre

Gospel a capella ensemble, Bliss Family has made history in the provincial gospel circles by becoming the first group to record a pure a capella album in the last decade.

The last time listeners were treated to the beauty of unaccompanied vocal harmony was in 2004 when the now-defunct Hamonic Waves released their final album, “Fambai Neni.”

After a decade in the wilderness, the genre of a capella has once again resurfaced courtesy of the Bliss Family’s debut album, evangelically titled “Tirivafambi neVapfuuri.”

The album carries 12 praise and worship tracks with touching musical sermons taking listeners on an inspiring, emotional journey.

Although the group utilises the traditional four-part harmony comprised of soprano, alto, tenor, and bass, they distinguish themselves through their use of Afro-capella percussion, which is vocal mimic of African instruments.

The group’s music director, Tonderai Sengai said the group is driven by a desire to develop a music and preaching ministry.

“Our music is our testimony and we want to share the testimony of Jesus Christ. Even in places we cannot physically reach, through our music people will bear witness to its spiritually rich message,” he said.

Despite having the newcomer tag since establishment in 2010, the vocal ensemble has performed through the width and breath of the country for the past years including concerts at Victoria Falls, Harare, and Chinhoyi.

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