Magaya lure derails Charamba concert

HARARE - Charles and Olivia Charamba normally attract the biggest crowds in Zimbabwean gospel music but their pulling power proved no match to Walter Magaya’s Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries last Sunday.

Zimbabwe’s gospel music’s first family held a family show at Takashinga Cricket Club in Highfield suburb at the same time Magaya was conducting his Sunday service just a few kilometres away.

The Charambas’ family show, organised by Body Slam Entertainment, attracted an uncharacteristically low turnout.

Simba Chakare, the director of the promoters, told the Daily News that holding a family show on a day meant for Magaya’s Sunday proved counter-productive.

“Our concert clashed with Magaya’s Big Sunday service where he was issuing free anointing oil bottles to thousands of people,” said Chakare.

“With the benefit of hindsight, we should have held our family show on another day.”

While there was only a handful of fans at the Charambas’ family show, the PHD Ministries Big Sunday Service reportedly attracted over a 100 000 people.

Apart from the effect of Magaya’s service, some people argued that the concert by the popular gospel couple had been poorly marketed.

“I was not aware that the Charambas had a concert here at Takashinga. I heard the sound of music playing but I thought it was a church service.

“I think the promoters of the show were complacent. They did not market the family show well because they assumed that people would still come all the same because of the popularity of the Charambas,” said a local resident identified as Shepherd Munyuni.

Another local resident who declined to be identified claimed that some gospel fans left prematurely because security personnel at the venue used excessive force.

“The unprofessional behaviour exhibited by the security at the event was very unfortunate because some fans left the venue feeling violated,” she said.

Despite playing before a paltry crowd, Zimbabwe’s most famous gospel music couple took the opportunity to market their latest album WeNazareta. They belted out a number of songs from the album such as Kukunamatai, Ndiwe, Men of David, NaJehovah Zvinoita, Glory To Jehovah, Mugamuchire, Ndinochemera Jesu, Tsitsi Nyasha Nemutsa and Munopindura.

They also excited the handful of fans in attendance with old hits like Ndoga Handimire and Rute.

Comments (14)

We thank God for a powerful service last sunday. Zimbabwe you are blessed, Southern Africa you are blessed. Mbiri kunaniko? Jesu!!!

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that was a powerful big sunday at PHD ministries ... We experienced the real power of God. We thank God almighty for such a blessing to the nation

sophia - 1 October 2014

tinotenda Mwari ne big sunday. vakawanda vakabatsirikana handaiona hangu vanhu vachienda ku concert vachisiya big sunday whyich was for free. i mean lets look at it munhu ane cancer angaende here ku concert kunofara achisiya kwaangagone kusangana ne healing yake. pavakaziva kut kune big sunday vakatoshora kuti isu ana charamba tine mukurumbira maningi vanhu vangaende kwa Magaya here vachsiya isu. i hope they have learnt from this mistake

kimberly hood. - 1 October 2014

God of Prophet Magaya he is such a wonderful God,he is our might healer and deliverer that is why more people choose to go his Ministry because they are 100% asured that all their problems will be solved.

Nicole - 1 October 2014

it was a powerful big Sunday,many people get healed,we were blessed.

donney - 1 October 2014

Powerful sunday it was..The Charambas made a bad timing though..

Sheridon Martins - 1 October 2014

Glory to God,thank you lord for Prophet Magaya,for all the healing and miracles,we were blessed,on Sunday.

chido - 1 October 2014

it was a powerful big Sunday,many people get healed,we were blessed.

donney - 1 October 2014

Aiwa mwari waprophet Magaya mukuru,ndakazvionera ini ndega more than 150 000 attended Sunday service.Hapana angambokwikwidzana namwari ari pazindoga paphd.Rambai makadaro munhu wamwari

ome - 1 October 2014

I am supprised how these guys arranged their show as from my understanding this Charamba show was suppossed to start at 9am but i noticed Olivier and her Husband comming to the show in blue Camry ithink around 3pm and people were flocking in and out some saying it was boring bcz there wer imitaters who were on the stage. So its not a question of Magaya but its a question of mi timing how can show billed for 9am start at 3pm

TIME - 1 October 2014

Hama yangu Time hazvisi zvetime nyaya ye Big Sunday ya Prophet yanga yakaoma yokuti na 4 am vanhu vanga vazara aizoenda kuna vaCharamba iye akamirira Prophet

Not Time - 1 October 2014

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