The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Praise and Worship With Shingisai

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Shingisai Suluma

Zimbabwe's talented gospel artiste and United States-based Shingisai Suluma will headline a musical concert that will feature some of the country's renowned gospel artistes as the curtain comes down on 2012.

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

Shingisai will be supported by Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave, Amanda Sagonda and Blessing Shumba, who all boast rich musical curriculums vitae, and command huge fan bases.

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

Fans will also be able to worship through song when Amanda belts her yesteryear collection.

While Amanda has been lying low in the last few years, Shumba is currently riding high with hit after hit and has been the toast of Manicaland Province in the last couple of years.

His latest album is receiving heavy rotation at weddings, parties and other social functions.

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

There is no doubt, however, that Mai Suluma will be the major drawcard at the show.

The down-to-earth 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 in singing in church, something she loved doing, when most of her peers will still fascinated by dolls and cartoons.

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

She once revealed in one of the interviews 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, she formed an accapella group 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 world through music, but immediately informed 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".

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