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April 17, 1971
|Spouse(s)||Olivia Charamba (nee Maseko)|
|Children||Daughters: Shalom Anesu Charamba, Eternity Nenyasha Charamba, Tagamuchira Loyalty Charamba|
Sons: Timukudze Isaac Charamba, Aveneni Beloved Charamba
Charles Charamba is a Zimbabwean gospel artiste, church pastor and a member of the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) in Zimbabwe. He is arguably one of the best gospel artists in Zimbabwe. He is backed by his band, Fishers of Men. His most popular songs include Machira Chete, Buruka, Nyika, Nyika YeZimbabwe.
Charles Charamba was born on 27 April 1971 in Mudzi, Mashonaland East Province. He did his primary and secondary education at Masarakufa Primary School and Masarakufa Secondary School in Mudzi respectively. In 1988, he joined AFM after converting to Christianity and was baptised in 1989. He is married to Olivia Charamba and the two are blessed with 5 children; 3 daughters Daughters: Shalom, Eternity, Tagamuchira and 2 sons Timukudze and Aveneni
In 1995, Charamba recorded seven singles and in 1997, he recorded his first album titled Tinashe Akatendeka. It was reported that this album made an impact as well as introducing Charamba to the music map within the country.
In 1998, Charamba would enrol at the Living Waters Theology Seminary, a theological school established by AFM. Whilst studying for his Diploma In Theology, Charamba continued to pursue his musical career. In 1998, he released, Johane 3:16 which has been referred to as the album which did more than enough to make Charamba an acclaimed gospel artist in the country. Since then, Charamba has been arguably the best gospel artists to emerge in the country. Charamba has toured many countries regionally and worldwide such as South Africa, Australia, United States of America, United Kingdom etc.
In September 2011, Charamba graduated with a National Certificate in Music from the Zimbabwe College of Music (ZMC). In 2013, he graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Ethnomusicology from the Africa University.
In 2004, Charamba was arrested for fraud. It was reported that he had connived with the then Agribank Managing Director of Mvuri's bank's branch to defraud the bank of about ZW $40 million, of which ZW $9 million was already in his account. The bank manager stated that Charamba had applied for a loan because he was in dire need to purchase farm inputs. It was however indicated that Charamba never applied for a loan. He was however acquitted.
In 2012 and 2013, albums of up coming gospel artists which were pirated were sold as recent offerings from Charamba within the streets. In 2012, a pirated album belonging to Raymond Chakanyukwa was sold as the new album by Charamba who had last released an album in 2010. In 2013, Trymore Bande's Zvakagara Zvakadaro was also sold as belonging to Charamba. In the wake of this, Charamba sued Bande for trying to defraud him. Layton Ngolomi, Bande's producer stated that this was uncalled for as he had communicated with Charamba after realising that Bande's album was being sold as Charamba's in the streets. When this was revealed, the case was shelved.
- Most Popular Gospel Artiste
- Best Gospel Artiste - Zimbabwe Music Awards (ZIMA)
- Best Gospel Artiste, Song and Video of the Year -National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA)
- Life Time Achievement
- Tinashe Akatendeka (1997)
- Johane 3:16 (1999)
- Vhuserere (2000)
- Exodus (2001)
- Sunday Service (2003)
- Chapters and Verses (2004)
- Muzita RaJesu vol. 1 (Complilation)
- New Testament (2007)
- Pashoko Pangoma (2010)
- WeNazareta (2014)
- , Charles Charamba an Inspiration to Gospel Musicians, "Zim Beat News", published:4 Oct 2011,retrieved:15 July 2014"
- , Pastor Charles and Olivia Charamba, "AFM In Zimbabwe", Retrieved: 15 Jul 2014
- , Charles Charamba graduates, "The Herald", published:30 Jul 2013,retrieved:15 July 2014"
- , Bail set at zw $1m for gospel musician Charamba, "New Zimbabwe", published:11 Dec 2009,retrieved:15 July 2014"
- , Fake Pastor Charamba Album Hits The Streets Of Harare, "Mafaro", published:3 Dec 2013,retrieved:15 July 2014"
- , Pastor Charamba embarrassed, "iHarare", published:8 Dec 2013,retrieved:15 July 2014"