HARARE: ZIMBABWE’s sensational choral group, ZimPraise Choir, is taking the continent by storm and is set to make its mark overseas. Established by son of Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) President, Rev Madziyire’s son, Joseph Madziyire, and other interdenominational singers, ZimPraise has from humble beginnings risen from an unknown outfit in Harare to a household name internationally, even competing with the world-renowned Joyous Celebration for international accolades.
Rightly so as gospel music fans cannot get enough of this choral music group. “This group has surpassed the status of being a national, regional or continental musical group into international because they demonstrated that their music is about Jesus.
“When they started, we all thought these ‘children’ were wasting precious time to look for jobs while preferring singing, yet God uses his people differently. “Now, today, they sing to each and every corner of the world! Isn’t it wonderful?” asked Shamiso Bhasera, a Harare-based staunch fan of ZimPraise.
Widely known for their hit, Sungano, which has received wide reviews locally, regionally and internationally, the group is set to perform in England, Canada and the United States of America in September until mid October.
They will perform alongside fellow Zimbabwean gospel music outfits, Zion Christian Church (ZCC) and Thembalami, in another tour where they will perform along South Africa’s Joyous Celebrations at AfriPraise Festival. Such is the demand for ZimPraise Choir’s performances that their music has overcome social barriers.
“Despite being a South African Xhosa, who does not understand Shona, I like their hit song entitled Sungano. It drives me crazy. I bought their DVD here in Johannesburg at Park Station after I saw them on stage in Harare.
“It is then that a friend of mine at Forward in Faith in Berea, Johannesburg explained to me the meaning of Sungano – which literally means covenant with God,” said Vuyiseka Mahlobo.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY