The Herald (Harare)

25 June 2012

Zimbabwe: Seven Arts to Host Mega Praise Concert

A mega praise concert to showcase Zimbabwean gospel music is scheduled for the 7 Arts Theatre on July 6, 2012. Dubbed "Worthy is the Lamb", the gospel music gig is expected to treat concert goers to a dazzling spectacle of song and dance cutting across various genres.

According to Pastor Mike Gova, one of the concert's organisers, though Mega Praise will have a strong Afrocentric musical bias; it will also incorporate popular Western musical forms.

"We take pleasure in showcasing all the Zimbabwean musical identities such as urban grooves, dance hall, hymns and traditional, so as to promote Zimbabwean branded gospel," he says.

A star-studded choir featuring the likes of afro-jazz songstress Dudu Manhenga, golden-voiced Carol Wutawunashe as well as rising gospel crooner Marbel Madondo, among other seasoned vocalists, will take to the stage.

Complementing them will be an equally prolific band boasting the talents of the likes of Blessing Muparutsa, Oliver Mtukudzi's drummer; current gospel sensation Tatenda Mahachi of the chart-topping song "Ndisiye Satani", the sultry Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana and South African-based dance hall maestro Freddy "Trinta" Mazivanjira of the Honey Vybz fame, are also expected to make appearances.

The organisers are promising concert goers from different walks of life, a "soul lifting experience that will draw them closer to their Creator".

"We seek to attain musical performances that are of world-class standards hence our quest to engage the best available musicians, instrumentalists, engineers, sound systems and producers," said Pastor Gova.

A film crew will capture proceedings for a live CD and DVD recording.

Mega Praise was officially birthed at the 7 Arts Theatre in 2003, where a well received live CD recording was made.

The first performance featured among others the late Jackie Madondo, Carol Wutawunashe and Tawanda Pashapa and received positive media reviews.

Six years later the gospel jamboree returned with the likes of renowned musical artistes like Dudu and Pastor G.

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