The Herald (Harare)

24 October 2012

Zimbabwe: Firm Faith on Malawi Tour

Upcoming accapella gospel outfit Firm Faith has taken its gospel music of faith and hope to Malawi, where it has embarked on a seven-day invitational tour of the Southern Africa country to preach the gospel through music. The group's manager, Mr Bradley Mberi, said his group's seven-day tour which began last week and ends this Saturday will give Firm Faith an opportunity to teach Christian values of joy, happiness, peace and love which are some of the main messages in their music.

"Our music is all about the ultimate joy, happiness, peace and love found in God. Because God is everything all other modes of perceived happiness fall away," said Bradley.

He added that Firm Faith travelled to Blantyre with all the 10 members of the group following an invitation by a Malawian preacher who had been inspired by the group's music during his visit to Zimbabwe.

"We were invited by a Malawian preacher who heard us sing in Harare and was inspired by our music that he invited us to Malawi to tour, share and inspire his counterparts in Malawi through our music.

"We travelled to Malawi as a full band. We are 10 members in our group. Travelling expenses, food, accommodation and other expenses were sponsored by the Malawians," said Bradley.

Bradley added that the visit to Malawi also gave his group an opportunity to market Zimbabwe through Christian music and also to teach other youths how drugs and alcohol-related problems, which are commonly faced by youths the world over can be avoided if one prays and listens to Christian music.

Bradley also said Firm Faith will also take advantage of its week-long tour to hold accapella workshops in different venues of Malawi where they will promote Christian accapella music to other believers especially youths.

The seven-day tour of Malawi will also see Firm Faith perform in such venues as churches, orphanages, hospitals, schools and communities where the group will perform many of its songs which have registered a huge demand by a multitude of its fans in and outside Zimbabwe.

Firm Faith is an accapella music group largely comprised of students from different learning institutions in Zimbabwe and also members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church who take time off their studies to minister to other people the word of God through accapella gospel music.

Since its formation in 2005, Firm Faith has performed its accapella music in different parts of Zimbabwe and abroad managing to record its hit album "Maria" in 2007 and "Tinevimbo" which was released in June this year.

Commenting on challenges the group is facing, Bradley said Firm Faith had no money, since most members of the group were students.

"Our main challenge is sustaining our membership as most members are still in school. We have two student doctors, one student nurse, one O- Level and One A-Level student. The rest have recently graduated from their learning institutions.

"As Firm Faith we do not charge for our performances. We are hoping to partner with other organisations to come up with viable projects to cater for the welfare of our group members and to even create employment opportunities for other unemployed youths in Zimbabwe," said Bradley

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