The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Bonnie Deuschle Gives Gospel Lovers a Double Bonus

It was a double bonus for gospel lovers after singer Pastor Bonnie Deuschle launched the DVD of her album "Yahweh" and a Christmas musical play called "Christmas foretold in search of a king," at Celebration Centre in Harare on Wednesday.

The play would be premiered today and will run until Sunday.

The eight-track DVD has Bonnie's famous hits such as "Trust in You", "Rudo RwaMwari", and the title track "Yahweh". "I decided to have a DVD because of the great demand from the public. I have always made videos and I think we did justice on this one," she said.

The videos were shot by an iPhone.

Pastor Tazarurirwa Mtungwazi of the Celebration Church said shooting the videos by iPhones was not meant to be a way of showing off but to praise God with the little resources they had.

"We do not have a studio but the passion to praise God through music drove us to use what we have in praising God. "Christmas foretold in search of king," returns after it was last staged in 1995. The cast include children as young as eighteen months and adults as old as 70 years.

"Christmas Foretold used to be aired on ZTV and because of other commitments we had shelved the project. We started a building project and for the next years we did not have time for production of the play. We thank the Lord that after a busy year travelling to Malaysia, Italy, USA and Kenya for shows we still had time to produce the play," said Bonnie.

The musician revealed that they were planning to have the play aired on ZTV. Though her natural talent in music manifested itself at a tender age, it was in 1986 that Pastor Bonnie decided to preach gospel through music.

To date she has ministered before politicians, shared the stage with American superstar Lashel Griffin, famed for her ascendancy from being just an "ordinary housewife to a celebrity" and also with Zimbabwe music legend Oliver Mtukudzi.

Tuku and Pastor Bonnie also did a duet titled "You and Me, Iwe Neni". She has also received a number of lifetime achievements awards for her contribution to the development of Zimbabwean music.

She already has a long history of musical involvement in the United States, where she was a member of a musical troupe named Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians. Pastor Bonnie also sang with the well-known World Action Singers at Oral Roberts University. A few years ago, she also published a book "The Great Connection," which explores the concept of praise and worship.

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