Gwanda Gospel Ex­trav­a­ganza roars to life

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Richard Muponde Gwanda Cor­re­spon­dent

ALL is set for the Gwanda gospel ex­trav­a­ganza which roars to life to­day with con­struc­tion of the stage com­plete.

ThThe con­cert, which is un­de­ni­ably one of the coun­try’s big­gest gospel gath­er­ings, will be held at Pe­land­aba Sta­dium and ends on Sun­day.

A mar­quee to house VIP guests has been erected with Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral Au­gus­tine Chi­huri ex­pected to grace the func­tion as one of the preach­ers.

Gen­er­a­tors and the Pub­lic Ad­dress sys­tem have been put in place with new toi­lets for VIPs.

Gwanda Brethren in Christ Church (BICC) pas­tor, Rev­erend Sipho Mhizha, said gospel fever had gripped the min­ing town.

“We’ve set up the stage where the mu­si­cians will be per­form­ing. All is set and we’re now look­ing for­ward to host­ing our vis­i­tors and gospel mu­sic lovers,” said Mhizha. “Every­one in Gwanda is ex­cited.” ThThe fes­ti­val, now in its sec­ond edi­tion, was in­spired by the need for a spir­i­tual gath­er­ing for the na­tion.

Mata­bele­land South po­lice spokesper­son Sergeant ThTha­bani Mk­wananzi said they had upped se­cu­rity for the event and con­fi­firmed that their boss was mak­ing his way here.

ThThe gospel jam­boree will fea­ture per­for­mances from renowned SA gospel mu­si­cians, Re­becca Ma­lope, Andile kaMa­jola, Lu­sanda Spir­i­tual Group, Tshep­iso Mo­taung, Dumi Mkok­stad and the soul­ful Bethusile Mcinga.

Zim­babwe’s own gospel stars, ZimPraise, will also be in line to per­form lead­ing Zim­babwe’s se­lect artistes who in­clude Knowl­edge Nki­wane, ThTho­lakele from Plumtree and Gwanda gospel mu­si­cian Ju­dith Moyo.

ThThe show will be held in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Min­istry of Tourism and Hos­pi­tal­ity In­dus­try and the Zim­babwe Tourism Au­thor­ity (ZTA).

“It’s an­tic­i­pated that the fes­ti­val will stim­u­late re­li­gious tourism within the re­gion,” said ZTA in a state­ment. Shetani Shetani Eza­semzini

Vic­tory of Vic­tim Ndhlovu.

She said she would be in Zim­babwe for some time be­fore re­turn­ing to South Africa, adding that the few DVDs for Eza­semzini which she had brought were bought in a short space of time.

Shetani be­came a hit lo­cally in pre­dom­i­nantly Nam­bya speak­ing com­mu­ni­ties of Hwange, Dete and Vic­to­ria Falls and even in Bulawayo. Ndhlovu re­vealed plans to pro­duce a movie which will tell the story of peo­ple liv­ing in Vic­to­ria Falls.

How­ever, Ndhlovu said the art in­dus­try could do bet­ter with a bit of fi­nan­cial sup­port. —Twit­ter @ ncubeleon

Shetani (right) with Ad­ina Ny­oni

Gwanda stage set

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