ZimPraise out to conquer Dubai

HARARE - Trailblazing gospel group ZimPraise, currently on a debut international tour that has already taken them to the United Kingdom (UK), are scheduled to perform in Dubai today.

The Dubai concert follows the colourful interdenominational group’s scintillating performance at Luton Dunstable Conference Centre on November 9, where they shared the stage with Pastor G and rising star Tembalami Tagwirei.

Tapfuma Chikosha, ZimPraise’s chief operating officer told the Daily News that the Sungano hit-makers’ debut international foray had been encouraging and successful.

“I am so glad and proud of the performances the group put up alongside Pastor G and Tembalami,” said Chikosha.

“It is very encouraging that our first ever international tour has been such a roaring success.  We are very optimistic that the Dubai concert will be equally successful.”

The Dubai show will be the last leg of the interdenominational group’s maiden international tour.

“After the performance in Dubai, the group will fly back home tomorrow (Friday),” said Chikosha.

Once in Zimbabwe, ZimPraise along with Tembalami and Pastor G will set their focus on the Baba Manyeruke Tribute Concert set for November 23 at Harare International Conference Centre.

Chikosha said his group feels honoured to be asked to participate in a tribute concert for such a gospel music luminary as Mechanic Manyeruke.

“It is a rare privilege and a very important one too given Baba Manyeruke’s standing in Zimbabwean gospel music. Zimbabwean gospel music is where it is today because of Baba Manyeruke’s pioneering role. We want to congratulate him for the great work he has done."

“Despite challenges in the industry, Baba Manyeruke soldiered on. We congratulate him for such a remarkable career worthy emulating,” said Chikosha.

ZimPraise was formed in 2006 as a result of a strong desire to unite various denominations in Zimbabwe through song and worship.

Famous music producer Macdonald ‘Macdee’ Chidavaenzi is widely regarded to be first person who set the stage for the formation of what has become arguably the best interdenominational choir in Zimbabwe.

The first project featured a number of now prominent Gospel musicians including Pastor G, Gordon Taurai Nzira, Bethan Pasinawako, Tawanda Pashapa and many others.

Ever since the interdenominational group recorded its first album titled ZimPraise Volume 1 in December of 2007, the interdenominational group has recorded six live DVD recordings.

Their last recording released last month contains 35 songs.

The highly successful album, which contains the son Sungano, featured gospel Mathias Mhere.

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