Nigerian star lauds Flem B

HARARE - Nigerian gospel star Ikiri “ Mr Sweet Song” Lawrence is willing to do a duet with Zimbabwe’s Blessing “Flem B” Manyangadze, an artiste he describes as “a great, gifted upcoming singer.”

The South Africa-based Ikiri, who recently scooped two gongs at the recent Nigeria Gospel Music Awards, has been impressed by Flem B’s exploits ever since he burst onto the gospel scene.

“I think he (Flem B) has done very well in the years that he has been in business,” said Mr Sweet Song, who like Flem B, is a member of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s Christ Embassy.

“It is evident that God works in Him.

“Yes, there is a chance that I will work with him in the near future.” Flem B is the reigning Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) Video of the Year winner.

His international profile dramatically soared after two highly-acclaimed performances before capacity crowds in Lagos and Johannesburg early this year.

The Chitungwiza-based artiste capped a spectacular entry onto the international gospel scene by signing for the global Loveworld Music Records label.

Ikiri, who is Christ Embassy southern Africa music director, attributes his success and that of Flem B to the inspirational teachings of Pastor Chris.

“The words that our Man of God declares upon our lives helps shape our future and destiny.

“It is no surprise or coincidence that we won these awards.

‘We put a lot into our music including preparation, writing, rehearsing and producing.

“However, the spiritual essence is of

utmost importance,” told the Daily News from his South African base.

The award-winning artiste

says gospel musicians must base their music on the message of God and “not chase after money as our Man of God has taught us.

“The rest will follow.” Ikiri, along with fellow Nigerian singer Sinach Kalu, was part of the Loveworld Music Ministry (LMM) team that held a well-received show at the Harare International Conference Centre last year.

The Nigerian gospel singer is expected to tour Zimbabwe in February next year.

“I love Zimbabwe very much, and for the past seven years I have been coming to Zimbabwe and have had wonderful experiences.

“I look forward to many more trips to your beautiful country.” Ikiri has produced three internationally successful albums that include Sincerity, Changing Levels, and his latest offering Reason for Life.

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