St Ignatius College and St Dominics light it up in double album launch

St Ignatius College and St Dominics Schools launched their two beautiful and inspiring music albums at an event held in Harare on 11 February 2017.
The two schools, from Chishawasha Mission, worked together to produce the albums ‘Light it up’ and ‘Mangwanani namanheru’ with the inspiration of St Ignatius College Chaplain, Fr Ignatius Padya SJ.
The CD album ‘Light it up’ features 13 tracks by St Ignatius College students including two spoken word poems.
It features the hilltop’s finest voices of both girls and boys in tracks like Take Lord and Receive, More (Magis), Bhururuka, the pain is gone and the title track among others.
The other album, Mangwanani naManheru is a production of combined select choir from the two schools named Chishawasha Evangelists.
It features eight songs, six of them composed by two celebrated composers, Brother Alex Mapfuti, a seminarian at Chishawasha Major Seminary and Mrs Joice Chaleka Kaseke.
Brother Alex Mapfuti said music is a good way for new evangelisation and it can help young people live a life with a purpose.
The Chishawasha Evangelists’ album features popular local compositions Mangwanani namanheru, Ronda sande, Gamuchirai Mweya mutsvene and Tichazova namambo.
The Evangelists beautifully did covers for Here I am Lord and My soul magnifies the Lord.
One of the performers of Light it up’s title track, Panashe Njerere from St Ignatius College, exulted in their successful production saying music is one way students can set the world on fire.
“We came together and said why not set the word on fire. Light it up has made me feel in more ways than one inspired and motivated to continue doing more.”
Njerere, now aspiring to become Catholic, says he has been enjoying the Catholic faith for over four years now and believes music can help people feel closer to God and reach their full potential.
The guest of honour, Alexio Kawara, a renowned Zimbabwean Afro jazz artist, applauded Fr Padya SJ and the two schools for producing music that ‘preaches’. He implored parents and learning institutions to continue supporting young people’s talents
 The ceremony was attended by over 150 guests including the Secretary to the Apostolic Nuncio to Zimbabwe, Monsignor Gabrielle Pesce, Br Jonathan Chazura SJ representing Chishawasha mission superior, parents and sever young people.

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