ZimPraise lines up hymns DVD

HARARE - Award-winning ZimPraise has lined up a DVD of old Shona and Ndebele hymns in a bid to re-awaken interest in these ancient church songs.

ZimPraise chief executive officer Joseph Madziyire told the Daily News that the project, to be undertaken early next month, has been necessitated by the decreased singing of old hymns in contemporary churches.

“These songs are dear to us and have helped us grow in the Lord. So we have decided that we should preserve them from extinction,” Madziyire said.

The ZimPraise chief executive officer, who is a respected creative director and music director, said hymns were slowly going extinct in the modern church in Zimbabwe which is increasing gospel music from the United States of America and Nigeria.

“Some of the church songs from other countries that we sing today do not carry much meaning yet we are abandoning our old Shona and Ndebele hymns which are full of meaning and inspiration.

“They have been passed down from generation to generation and as such we have a duty to preserve them,” he said.

To perform the hymns, ZimPraise have roped in the talent of an artiste known as Mai Maningi who is well known in the gospel circles for her ability to sing old hymns.

“You know some people are just anointed to sing.

“I have always wanted her to be part of ZimPraise and I am glad she has agreed to be part of us now,” said Madziyire.

Zimbabwean gospel musicians appear to have suddenly realised the power of old Shona and Ndebele hymns.

“Musicians like Kudzi Nyakudya have recorded full albums with hymns as a way of inculcating the culture of singing hymns in churches.

“Other artistes like Takesure Zamar Ncube and  Pastor G have also incorporated hymns in their albums.”

Harare-based 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  the 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 group has recorded at least seven live DVDs featuring popular local gospel stars.

Comments (2)

Munamato wangu ndeyekuti ZimPraise ibhadharewo vaimbi... kwete kupedza mari in flashy lives for the vakuru vakuru's

Mai Farai - 14 April 2015

Great job guys Mwari vakupfuudzirei mberi....let all you do be for His glory amen....@mai Maningi u r blessd wth an annointed voice sister

Fadzayi Kakwere - 19 October 2015

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