The Herald (Harare)

28 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Fans in for Treat - Shingisai Suluma Readies for Concert

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Shingisai Suluma

US-based gospel musician Shingisai Suluma will tomorrow reconnect with her fans when she stages a gospel concert at the Harare International Conference Centre. Touted to be one of the best gospel shows for 2012, Shingisai will roll back the good old times with the assistance of Mutare-based rising gospel star Blessing Shumba and Amanda Sagonda.

Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave, who was billed to share the stage with Mai Suluma has since pulled out.

She, however, could not be drawn into commenting on the latest development, saying it would be unprofessional to do so.

However, the show will definitely go on tomorrow, when the three musicians are expected to serenade gospel lovers into the New Year through music and dance.

Shingisai is expected to play a number of her hit songs that include "Maitiro Enyu", "Mirira Mangwanani", "Mumaoko" and "Fara Zvakadaro". These and other songs have endeared her with her fans, making her a household name.

Apart from churning out her old hits, Shingisai will also sample songs from her new album "Tiri Parwendo", which was launched recently in the United Kingdom.

In addition, the affable gospel artiste has started working on an album targeted at her American audience.

"From the time that I moved to the US, where I am currently studying together with my husband, I have also been working on my musical career.

"Although I have not done much except singing at church conventions that are attended by Zimbabweans and my involvement with the praise and worship team at my church, I am planning on recording an album, for the American audience.

"I have no doubt that it will be well received," she said during an interview on Star FM last week.

Her local and international musical appeal will clearly be on display tomorrow, when she meets her legion of fans, who had to wait the whole year to see her perform live.

Blessed with a good voice intonation, Shingisai's music appeals to a diverse crowd that loves listening to soulful music.

Her graceful and yet powerful movements on stage, coupled by her robust singing evoke a praise and worship mood among her fans.

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, Shingisai joined her family in 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 once revealed in an interview she was not surprised with her new role in the church choir, pointing out that she was born to be a worshipper.

With her two sisters Tutsirai and Nyasha, they formed an acapella trio 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.

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