11 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Gospel Extravaganza . . . As Shingisai Returns Home

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Shingisai Suluma

Zimbabwe's award-winning gospel artiste, Shingisai Suluma, returns home from the United States this month for a musical concert that will feature some of the country's renowned gospel acts in what promises to be befitting year-ender for gospel lovers.

The gig will be held on December 29 at the Harare International Conference Centre.

Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave, Amanda Sagonda and Blessing Shumba will be the supporting acts.

The trio boasts rich musical curriculum vitaes, while commanding a huge fan base, albeit in a different way.

The beauty about this show is that gospel fans will be spoilt for choice, because they will have an opportunity to listen to the high sounding voice of Shumba and feel the afro-jazz beat when Fungisai gets on stage.

Fans would be able to worship through dance and music with Amanda from her yesteryear collection.

While Amanda has been lying low over the last few years, Shumba is currently riding high with his latest album that is receiving heavy rotation at weddings, parties and other social functions.

Shumba's efforts will be ably supported by Fungisai, who has captured a large audience since bursting on the entertainment scene as a 19-year-old protégé of veteran singer Elias Musakwa

However, there is no doubt that the United States-based Mai Suluma will be the major drawcard at the show.

The down-to-earth gospel musician was born into a musical family that had a pastoral father, who played a pivotal role in nurturing the singing talents within the family.

When she was only eight years old, she joined her family singing in church, something she loved doing, when most of her peers were still fascinated by dolls and cartoons.

When she turned 17, she was already leading the church choir in praise and worship.

She revealed in one of her interviews that she was not surprised with her new role in the church choir, saying she was born to be a worshipper.

With her two sisters, Tutsirai and Nyasha, they formed an acapella band and performed at several concerts and church functions, where they serenaded worshippers with their music.

Shingisai's breakthrough came in 1995, while she was studying for her first degree in England, whereupon, she recorded her debut album, "Zvanaka", a development that spurred her into full-time music.

When she returned home after her studies, she did not abandon her wish of ministering the word through music, but immediately formed the 16-member Joy Street Choir to further push her dream.

Since then she has recorded several albums, among them "Tatenda Taona", "Huyai Ishe Jesu", "Fara Zvakadaro", "Nokuti Wakanaka", "Mumaoko" and "Maitiro Enyu".

Her popular track "Mirira Mangwanani" is taken off from the album "Mumaoko".

Her music is highly inspirational, didactic and quite danceable.

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