A DREAM that started some 15-years-ago is about to come to fruition for Zimbabwean gospel musician Prince Phiri when he officially launches his album in the Israeli capital, Tel Aviv, this Saturday.
Growing up in the dusty streets of Pumula East suburb, Bulawayo — Phiri was the typical boy next door who played soccer on bumpy makeshift football pitches in the streets and attended a local primary and secondary school.
A career in music was a far-fetched dream let alone an occupation that he even considered.
This weekend he launches a nine-track album titled Shifting Higher which Phiri says is a testimony of how God makes dreams come true.
“Initially I wanted the album to be titled Turning Around but because of the blessings that I have received from God, which have taken my career to greater heights, I decided the appropriate title for the album should be Shifting Higher,” said Phiri from his base in Israel.
Putting together the album wasn’t a walk in the park for the rising gospel musician who says he learnt the hard way that making music should not be treated as a pastime.
“It took almost two years to get the album done and to be honest I almost quit at one point — when I just couldn’t find the motivation to finish the project.
“Then I relocated to Israel and it was during my time in the praise and worship team at the Redeemed Christian Church of God that I realised that I needed to finish the album as a testimony for the blessings that I received from the Almighty,” he said.
Christianity is one of the recognised religions in Israel.
For the 35-year-old musician, the journey that has landed him in the Middle East started in South Africa over a decade ago when the calling to join a praise and worship choir at church came knocking on his door.
“Growing up in church was a big part of my life but it’s only when I moved to South Africa that I found myself singing in a church choir and to my surprise other congregates thought I was really good at it.
“Music is one of God’s gifts to aid us in worshipping and in no time, I was heavily involved in praise and worship at church and it became a means of spreading His word through my music,” said Phiri.
He moved to the Middle East in 2018.
Phiri has shared the stage with renowned Zimbabwean award-winning gospel musician, songwriter, and vocalist Takesure “Zamar” Ncube who is based in South Africa together with Takie Ndou and South African Keke — born Kekeletso Phoofolo.