Zimpraise lines up two-day festival

HARARE - Interdenominational gospel choir, Zimpraise, will hold the International Gospel and Music festival 2015 on October 9 and 10.

The festival will feature several top choirs and artistes including music superstar Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi.

The two-day event, set for the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC), will also see Zimpraise do the live recording of their Season Eight titled “The Second Coming” expected to feature Tuku.

But it is the inclusion of Tuku, who is more popular for his secular music, that is likely to generate a lot of interest. The internationally-acclaimed musician’s only recognisable gospel album is Pfugama Unamate (1993) which carries songs like Baba Ndinodisa, Ngatiende Vadikani, Baba Vedu and Toropito Yake .

Artistes set to perform during the two-day festival include Mathias Mhere, Sabastian Magacha, Sunshine City, Wellington Kwenda, Vocal Ex, Cream Voices, Carol Mujokoro, Pastor G, Vabati Vajehovah, Pastor Haisa, Pianos Jaravaza, Emelda Mudzamiri, Hossana, Dumia, Richard Dube, Mechanic Manyeruke and Extreme Afrique.

Harare-based Zimpraise, which was formed in 2006 as a result of a strong desire to unite various denominations in Zimbabwe through song and worship, has produced eight projects with Volume 1 and 2 being audio projects.

Famous music producer Macdonald ‘Macdee’ Chidavaenzi is widely regarded to be the first person who came up with the idea of forming what has become arguably the best interdenominational choir in Zimbabwe. The first project featured a number of prominent Gospel musicians including Pastor G, Gordon Taurai Nzira, Bethan Pasinawako, Tawanda Pashapa and many others.

The other projects include Season 3 The Power, Season 4 The Covenant, Season 5, Women of Praise, Season 6 It’s All about Jesus and its latest offering Season 7 The Revelation-It’s Still All about Jesus. All in all   Zimpraise has released four albums and four live DVDs.

 

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