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Charlz is Amen


by Honorine Kaze


Gospel sensation Charlz will drop his second album ‘AMEN’ this Friday at the Windhoek College of Education.
Talented with a powerful voice that one would not match to his slender body, a sample of Charlz’s latest offering undoubtedly puts him among the country’s top cream.
The 10-track ‘Amen’ is a mixture of English, Otjiherero and Afrikaans worship and praise songs.
The first song ‘Take it to the Lord’ tells believers to always take their burdens to the lord while reminding us to praise the lord in times of joy.
Ngunde and ‘Movazeuapi’  will surely have a strong listenership while Ek vertrou is an addictive sing-along where he talks about his trust in the lord.
Much of the album is a declaration to the power and love of God.
Charlz describes his album as an African traditional gospel album with a strong Rebecca Malope feel but saturated with his traditional  Herero traditional beats, giving it a sound of its own.
“The aim behind this album was to make an easy CD, one that you take along in your car while driving; putting you in a mood of praising the Lord. The reason I chose an African beat was to match my voice, which I believe is well suited for African beats,” says the 27-year old baby-faced musician.
A former member of different choir movements from the time he was in primary school; Charlz has taken part in different gospel competitions like the then Cell One Gospel Competition held of 2008.
He also performed last year’s /Ae //Gams Arts and cultural festival wooing hundreds of revellers who found his soprano voice charming.
His first album ‘Ngutu jere Omeno’ was released in 2009 and went viral among gospel programs on local radio stations, Channel 7, NBC Otjiherero and Damara stations.
 The ‘Ngambu uteza’ hitmaker dreams of one day collaborating with Malope, Benjamin Dube and Deborah, his South African idols.
This Friday, Bro Che, New Generation, award winning M N Johnson will share the stage with him, among a host of gospel artists. Damage will be N$25 in advance and N$30 at the door.