Manyangadze scoops video of the year

HARARE - Young gospel artiste Blessing Manyangadze scooped this year’s video of the year ahead of the much-fancied Rockford “Roki” Josphats, moments after his pastor, Chris Oyakhilome declared 2013 as the Year of Favour in a televised address worldwide.

The video Ndichamutambira from his debut album Dunamis won the highest number of votes from television fans in this year’s competition, ranking the 24-year-old gospel artiste among past winners including Zimbabwe’s top musicians Alick Macheso and Suluman Chimbetu.

Popularly known as Flem B, the artiste is among the young crop of gospel musicians who are popularising the gospel using genres once traditionally termed “worldly”.

An elated Manyangadze yesterday attributed his success to his church Christ Embassy.

“This award belongs to Christ Embassy, I thank you my Pastors for the Word that is impacting on our lives,” said Flame B at his church.

Christ Embassy Zimbabwe pastor Ruth Musarurwa said: “This young man is my spiritual son, Blessing at one time, was approached by certain churches to sing for financial gain and he listened to my advice against the love for money, but to use his talent for the advancement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ by the leading of the Holy Spirit.”

She narrated how Blessing’s story is one from humble beginnings.

He joined the Christ Embassy Choir in 2010 before he was elevated to be one of the praise team leaders.

She said Blessing was nurtured by the Word of God and by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Flem B gave a breath-taking performance leaving many in the appreciative crowd wondering why he was still unknown in the music industry in Zimbabwe.

The artiste features regularly on international Christian television stations like Loveworld Sat viewed by millions of Christians worldwide.

Married to Sibongile Dapeta, the Chitungwiza-raised artiste whose musical career started in 2010 at Christ Embassy Church has promised to release another album soon. - Albert Masaka

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