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Zimbabwe’s The Well acappella group is wreaking havoc on social media, and among religious communities with their own brand of acappella gospel. They have made front cover headline news in print media in Zimbabwe, and where-ever they are going, and across the borders, their music is making waves. Whereas they have seemingly been living in the shadows over the years, the names of Mudhombo, Gatsi, Kanyangarara, Njoromora, Mrewa, Matare and Chikwangura are suddenly household names, and especially so among Adventists, and Zimbabwe diaspora gospel communities.
The Well launched their album to warm acclaim in Johannesburg and Cape Town earlier this month, and judging from comment and reaction among Zimbabwean communities in South Africa and on social media, this is one group of seven that may go on to make headlines in lands far and wide among Adventists, and fans of gospel music.
This question and answer was published in the Platinum Advertising Magazine.
How did the name The Well come about?
The name of the group is The Well Music Ministry and it’s an all-male music group. The name The Well was adopted from the Biblical gospel of John chapter 4 (the story of the woman at the well), inviting everyone who was thirsty to drink from the living waters of the everlasting well.
Who are the members?
Currently The Well comprises of:
Admire Mudhombo (First Tenor)
Trust Mudhombo (Second Tenor)
Marshall Gatsi (Second Tenor)
Kudakwashe Kanyangarara (Baritone)
Darlington Njoromora (Baritone)
Frank Mrewa (Bass)
Wimbikai Matare (Bass)
Byron Chikwangura (Bass)
Your genre? Who are your major influences?
We consider our work to be Christian Acappella. Our music is influenced mainly by Adventist Church musicians all over the globe.
How did you meet?
We all grew up in the same neighborhood and had been meeting at different levels and programs of the Adventist Church. The current members are a fusion of the generations that have sung in the group for the past 20 years. We all came together by way of invitation to sing and as the current members, we have sung together for at least 5 years now, though some had been in the group for years, ranging from 5 to 20.
What inspired you to make music together?
The group was formed in 1997 as a youth group for one of the Adventists congregations in Chitungwiza under the name Bright Light, which was later changed to The Well. The inspirations of the songs have always come from the inspiration of the word of God. The messages in songs are mainly from the Fundamental Beliefs of the Adventist Church, which also includes our responsibility to the society, environment and ourselves.
How do you balance music, work and family?
Well, it’s quite tough especially in this fast-paced world that we now living in. Many a times, it’s all in the name of sacrifice and service. Mostly our music commitments are scheduled within church time and the remainder all require sacrifice. We try by all means to attend our commitments with our families, especially those married, but sometimes the organisers might not favour the idea, hence we just go as a group.We are grateful to God, because a large sum of us are entrepreneurs, so making time is up to the member individual, though, we must admit, it has the biggest challenge also because one has to work for the family to make sure at the end of each month there is enough for the family, yet music commitments are demanding his availability where a work contract is available or being met. So to balance the three requires God’s guidance, otherwise, all three will eventually fail.
We have done South Africa from the end of April and beginning of May where we performed in Johannesburg and Cape Town. We are also planning for a charity programme with one of the homes in Harare, and we’re touring Malawi in May. In June we have a commitment in Botswana. Those are the major events so far. We will also be singing in some couple of Adventist churches in and around Harare on Sabbaths. Other programmes in the pipeline are a tour to Zambia we hope to envisage this year.
Which songs do you perform most frequently?
We perform at most, songs on our albums. We have four albums namely, Send A Revival, Huya kuna Jesu, Jesus the Way and More about Jesus and also a single track entitled Zimbabwe, which advocates to Zimbabweans against litter and from that pool, we have a total of 42 songs recorded. The most well-known and sung are Revival, Live with Hope and Ndawana Mvura. At the same time we keep introducing more songs in preparation of a new production.
Who writes your songs? And how does it happen?
The members write the songs and we also take from traditional Adventist songs, here and there. The main themes of our songs are centred on the doctrine of Christ and what we believe and advocate on. We hope the topics and genre will not change, rather, a possibility to look into and add other themes is already in place.
Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
Well, when a song is brought to the group, we go with the original first before we can think of any amendments to a song. We work from head, nothing written and practicing makes the music perfect.
Your practise routine?
We have set times and days for our practice sessions, with Sunday being the main practice session. Each session is at least two (2) hours long. In that session we have prayer time and also some vocal exercises just to get into shape and then the rest of it is all about music making and song practicing.
How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?
The music is still the same yet we keep improving on the sound and blend. In like manner, even our live performance has gained momentum.
What has been your biggest challenge as a band?
Since its inception, we have always been faced with financial challenges and because we are a youthful group, many of our members are constantly moving away to differnt places as they seek to establish themselves in life. This sometimes causes a disruption in terms of consistency of membership. But at the same time new members joining often bring in new dimensions and help us to grow and stay dynamic. In terms of the financial challenge, we are so grateful to God through His providence, we have always been given the best financial support when the need arises.
The ultimate direction for your group?
Ultimately, we hope to sing with the Spirit and understanding of the words, to preach the second advent of Christ, to be with exemplary character traits and to provide a positive influence when involved in musical service. We seek to be real ambassadors of our Lord and Saviour, Christ and become the societal role models, being able to influence everyone to be like Christ.
What advice do you have for people who want to form their own groups?
Music can influence for good or for bad, for it to be good, pray, pray and pray before you do anything to seek God for guidance in the establishment of your group. Commitment is the key to sustenance of the group.
How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs?
You can find us on Instagram, Facebook, twitter, Sound cloud, YouTube and Skype for access to our media productions and even upcoming programs. We are still working on being available on other forms of media.
Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge for offering financial or emotional support?
First we would like to thank our Lord and Saviour Jesus through whom our plans and thoughts are established.We are so grateful to acknowledge Mr and Mrs Shumba, Advocate and Mrs Mpofu and our individual families, who have been pillars of support spiritually, financially and emotionally. Many thanks to our management, who works behind the scenes, friends and all those who have been sources of encouragement.
Any last words you want to say to your fans and how fans can get in touch
Let us all declare our loyalty to God, reflecting the love of soon-coming Saviour as we endeavour to uphold our God-given talents. We can be contacted on +263 774 043 271,+263 772607180 and +263 772 748 207. Also one can get in touch with us through our social media platforms.
Music can influence for good or for bad, for it to be good, pray, pray and pray before you do anything to seek God for guidance in the establishment of your group. Commitment is the key to sustenance of the group. – The Well
This question and answer was published in the Platinum Advertising Magazine, and the Well made the front cover.
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