Flem B shines in SA

HARARE - There is no stopping ZBC-TV Video of the Year winner Blessing “Flem B” Manyangadze.

Flem B drew rapturous applause from the capacity crowd that attended Pastor Chris’ Higher Life Conference in Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium on March 15.

The Zimbabwean rookie, who was virtually unknown before his video for the song Ndichamutambira, claimed the national broadcaster’s top video gong last year, firmly put Zimbabwe on the map.

Flem B made his debut at the Higher Life Conference as part of Christ Embassy elite praise and worship ministers’ team led by Sinach.

The young Zimbabwean’s larger-than-life-performance received accolades from fellow gospel artistes Sinach and Joe Praize who also performed at the same event.

Flem B was understandably chuffed to get pats on the back from the highly regarded gospel music duo.

“First it was Joe Praise who gave me praise for what he termed  “an electrifying performance”, followed by Sinach who said “you are filled with the Holy Ghost," said Flem B to the Daily News on Sunday soon after returning from South Africa.

“I was overwhelmed by the support I also got from the big crowd. Everyone raised their jackets, some their Bibles and others even their ties in appreciation of my performance”.

Flem B was first on stage with Handidzokere Shure, a track which is a fiery declaration of his love for the Heavenly Father.

The electrifying performance, which won the hearts of the more than 100 000 worshippers from all over the world in the crowd, justified why he was recently signed by a top international gospel record label Loveworld Records.

“Fans from as far as London, the US and Nigeria asked me when I will come and perform in their countries after the conference.

“People appreciated that Zimbabwe is on fire. They did not expect such talent to come from Zimbabwe and I never expected such a response from the crowd.”

The head of the Loveworld Music has assured Flem B that he will be invited to other Christ Embassy global programmes.

Zimbabwean businessman Bernard Mvere who attended the Higher Life Conference was full of praise: “The young man is at another level; he introduced new dances and brought the house down with a polished performance. He is certainly going places.”

Manyangadze, who joined the Christ Embassy Choir in 2010, attributes his purple patch to God.

“I saw how many people were healed by the word of God while Pastor (Chris) was preaching even before the healing sessions. This means the word of God on its own has the dynamic power to change things.”

It is has been an eventful year for the ZBC-video-of-the-year winner who recently signed a deal with Loveworld Records, a label which discovers, develop markets and distributes recorded music through a network of subsidiaries, joint ventures and licences in countries such as the UK, Canada, America, South Africa, Ghana and several other nations.

Flem B’s video of the year award ahead of the much-fancied Rockford “Roki” Josphats, shows his undoubted quality.

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

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