South African-based Zimbabwean gospel musician and commander of the Worship Addicts, Takesure Zamar Ncube, who descended at Phelandaba Stadium and performed at the final day of the annual two days Gwanda International Gospel Music Festival last Saturday said the fiesta has advanced to become one of the best in Southern African Development Community (SADC) zone.
Speaking to Hallelujah Magazine about his overall performing experience a few precious minutes after his stellar appearance, the Agere Pachigaro worshipper showered nothing but praises to the fete organisers, BigTime Strategic Group, for giving back a gala of tremendous significance to an expanding small town in Matabeleland South.
“It was very good! I think this is one of the best shows that we’ve, not only in Zimbabwe but in SADC. I really want to thank Bigtime Strategy for putting up this thing especially annually. Not only that, it is so touching for them to be sowing back(the fest) and planting to the people that would have possibly never afforded such.”
During his set, Zamar performed Umoya Wami Ulambile, Agere Pachigaro, Ishe Komborera, Kuregerera In Advance, Muromo Unesimba, Kune Zita and climatically closed with Nyasha Pamusoro Penyasha to a fully engaged stadium.
The Gwanda International Gospel Music Festival(GIGMF), now in its fourth year, is flourishing and attracting more impressive artists from all corners of the alternative gospel music sphere.
The least commercial of summer music festivals, this year’s edition, like in the previous years, packed the estimated 40 000 seater stadium to the brim as families and individuals clustered closely to proclaim “The Walls of Jericho Did Fall”.
Besides Zamar, the lineup also had astral performers, from Dr Tumi, Deborah Fraser, Thinah Zungu, Mathias Mahere, Pastor Neyi Zimu and Omega, ZCC Mbungo Stars Brass Band, Matsepo Mohlala, to blossoming Gwanda groups BICC Jahunda Choir, Hybrid Psalmz and Vocal Ex.
If for anything else, the GIGMF has grown into a popular and ultimate holiday for the local inhabitants and outsiders.
To say it was simply for the Gwanda area is like saying the power of the Gospel only works in one region or one country. So, to make sure that it reached beyond, the festival, for the first time since its inception, aired live on the national broadcaster ZBCtv on Friday and Saturday, giving everyone in the country an opportunity to praise and worship with attendees.
In an account on the sidelines of the festival, KwaZulu Natal-born superstar Thinah Zungu who debuted at the fest this year expressed pleasure performing at the affair and said he cherishes to come back again.
“It is such a wonderful audience. It is such a powerful event. They welcomed me on stage and singalong. I feel very welcomed. I just want to come back and give more of Thinah and celebrate,” said the Kwanqab’umusa hitmaker.
A church service conducted at Brethren in Christ Church (BICC) marked the festival’s end.
Veteran gospel singer Deborah Fraser, Takesure Zamar, Indosakusa: The Morning Star, Matsepo Mohala, Hybrid Praise and Vocal Ex attended the service and gave out last performances.
Here are some of the pictures from Saturday night.
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