In 2005, a new artist was ushered onto the gospel music stage: Rose Muhando, who was born a Muslim had converted to Christianity when she was nine years old. Through her music she was out to share her life story through music. Her songs ‘Mteule uwe macho’, ‘Yesu Nakupenda’ and ‘Nakuuliza Shetani’ became East Africa’s most popular gospel anthems. Gospel music from Tanzania was no longer just confined to Tanzanian territories but also spread across the East African region.IMG_9988-300x284

Christina Shusho, another renowned artist on the Tanzanian gospel front, emerged around the same time. Her first album, Kitu gani Kinitenge na Upendo wa Bwana, was mainly sold in her home country Tanzania. She then released singles such as Unikumbuke and followed it by Nipe Macho’Shusho has collaborated with other artists both in Tanzania and Kenya. In August 2015 she unveiled a 10-track album in which she collaborated with Kenya’s Geraldine Oduor at a concert dubbed Eastlands Gospel Festival at Nairobi’s Christ Is the Answer Ministries (CITAM)’s church in Buru-Buru.SHUSHO - Copy

Ado November is among the best-known and most respected gospel singers in Tanzania. He is also the president of Gospel Music Association of Tanzania, dubbed Chamuita in Swahili. The main aim of the association is to provide a platform for gospel musicians and stakeholders to talk about their challenges, successes and the way forward. “Gospel music is a full evangelical ministry, which should be purely handled in a way that the daily lives of the singers reflect what the holy Bible says about the life of a born-again Christian. And since gospel music is all about singing the word of God, the songs should reflect what we sing in our daily lives,” says November, who has three albums to date, namely Safari, Amenitoa Mbali and Kijana Mzuri.bonywaitege

Since 2005, the Tanzanian gospel industry has witnessed the rise of many other gospel artists who have become big household names across East Africa. Among these artists are Bonny Mwaitege, Bahati Bukuku and Upendo Nkone.