The Herald (Harare)

29 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Tevedzai Heads for UK

Talented and rising gospel artistes Lloyd Tevedzai will tonight leave for the UK for his maiden trip, where he is expected to stage three concerts before returning home in a week's time.

Tevedzai would be travelling with fellow gospel artiste Thembalani and local gospel hip-hop rapper Mudiwa Mutandwa.

The tour dubbed "Love Out Loud" that was aimed at raising funds for the needy will see the trio performing at three venues.

Their first show will be staged at the Grange Hotel on December 1.

They would later perform at Milton Keynes on December 7 and Manchester on the following day.

The trio will share stage with fellow Zimbabwean artistes who are now based in UK who include Jane Doka, Obert Mazivisa and Emily Changa.

"The visas and work permits have been sorted out and I am raring to go for this show. I am promising a life time performance regarding that this is my first time to perform in UK and I want to show what it means to perform on such a platform far away from home," said Tevedzai.

"Staging a show in UK is a major breakthrough and a dream come true for me since I ventured into gospel music.

This gesture shows that my music is being recognised internationally," he said.

Tevedzai continues to shine after the release of his debut album in 2011 that featured Bethan Pasinawako.

In August the 25-year old Tevedzai was in South Africa for a two-week tour that saw him perform at Brakpan (Pretoria).

United Kingdom is proving to be a fertile ground for Zimbabwean musicians because of the number of Zimbabweans based there. Artistes who have toured the country in recent times include Alick Macheso, Sulumane Chimbetu and Sabastian Magacha.

Born on the 14th of March 1987 in Chiredzi, Tevedzai has so far recorded two polished albums with his debut being the 2011 production titled "Ndipeyi Meso" and "Munoshamisa" that was released this year.

Tevedzai has featured and shared the stage with many different renowned local and regional artists.

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