Sunshine City Choir marks anniversary

HARARE - Colourful Sunshine City Choir will mark its second anniversary at Kingstone’s House tomorrow with a live audio and video recording of their second album titled The Live Experience.

The bumper 15-track album to be recorded tomorrow is a follow-up to their debut three-track offering that the 33-member choir released two years ago.

To bring lustre to their second anniversary concert, the Sunshine City Choir, headed by a former singer of the disbanded gospel group Appointed, Pardon Mutsago, will share the stage with Pastor G, Tatenda Mahachi, Mupostori Wengy, Glorious Family, ExMile and Pastor Banele.

Mutsago is confident that his choir’s second anniversary concert will signal a new era of growth for the fast-rising group.

“We want to be a live ensemble with a strong bias towards performance,” Mutsago told the Daily News yesterday.

“We recorded a studio project last year which featured the hit song Ziyoni…the song was on StarFM charts for 26 weeks and ended on number 14 on the 2014 top 50 gospel charts.”

Mutsago, a former music director for New Life Covenant Church headed by Bishop Tudor Bismark, emphasised that Sunshine City Choir was different from praise and worship choirs like Zimpraise and Xtreme Afrique.

“We celebrate the development of artistic talent into a source of employment… we are not limited to gospel music but we embrace every art form as a means of entertainment and influence,” said Mutsago.

“Our direction is not just the church market but includes the festival market, cultural tourism platforms and musical theatre productions.”

Apart from the chief executive officer of the group, Mutsago, Sunshine City Choir has a management structure that includes personnel in charge of corporate affairs, branding and publicity, media liaison and the choir’s accounts.

“We are really taking the project seriously. I was music director for New Life Covenant Church but I stepped down last September to focus on Sunshine City Choir and my solo career,” explained Mutsago.

With a professional structure in place, it is not surprising that the choir has got corporate support from Gtel, Rayclash Trading, Intercape Pathfinder, PodabyChipo, the Grange Inn and ZiFM.

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