TOP American gospel musician and actor Detrick Haddon arrived in the country yesterday ahead of today's concert at the Harare Gardens. The concert is being organised by His Presence Ministries International as part of their conference dubbed "The Next Generation", which runs from August 10-13 in Harare.
Pastor Charles Chiriseri is the founder of the church. Haddon was welcomed at the Harare International airport by Media, Information and Publicity Minister Webster Shamu.
Speaking to The Herald yesterday, the 39-year-old musician said he was happy to be in Zimbabwe for the first time.
"It is wonderful to be here and I am feeling at home because of the welcome I have been given. I have been in Nigeria and South Africa before coming here.
"After this concert I am leaving for Zambia as I continue to have an experience with African countries," he said.
Haddon said fans should expect a solid performance from him.
"To all who will be there (Harare Gardens) expect a wonderful and blessed day. I am going to give out my best," he said.
He said he hoped to have collaborations with some Zimbabwean musicians.
"I would be happy if I have collaborations with Celebration Choir, Sebastian Magacha and many more," he said.
Pastor Chiriseri said the concert was targeting mainly the youths.
"I first met Haddon at a youth concert in London and after an amazing perfomance we decided to invite him here," he said.
"The young generation should come in their thousands to listen to his blessed tunes," he said.
Haddon would be supported by a star-studded galaxy of local gospel artists. The Celebration Church Choir together with His Ministries (His Music) Choir and Sebastian Magacha will take to the stage curtain raising for Haddon. Rising gospel star Thembelani and the Zimpraise Choir are also some of the outfits lined up to perform at this concert.
Expected at the conference will be high-profile speakers David Molapo, a popular South African motivational speaker and businessman, as well as Nevers Mumba, former Vice-President of Zambia. Haddon is also songwriter, producer and pastor and popularly known for his contemporary style of music and progressive gospel styles.
He is a native of Detroit, Michigan, US. According to Wikipedia, Haddon launched his solo career as a Christian R&B vocalist with the Lost & Found on Tyscot/Verity in 2002. To date, he has five albums to his name and last year he released his fifth album titled Church On The Moon.
Some of Haddon's impressive hits include Heaven Knows and Sinner's Prayer, which received heavy spins on gospel and mainstream R&B radio stations.