WTU wins clash of hub choirs

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Bon­gani Ndlovu Show­biz Correspondent

THE work of God’s hand, is how Bu­l­awayo choir — Wor­ship Tem­ple Un­veiled (WTU) — de­scribed their win on Sun­day at the an­nual Harvest House In­ter­na­tional Church (HHIC) Clash of Hub Choirs con­test held at the ZITF Hall 4.

This is be­cause the choir is bar­ley three months old but still man­aged to beat a strong field to pocket $10 000 for win­ning the con­test now in its third year.

The choir beat 11 other choirs drawn from the church’s branches in dif­fer­ent prov­inces and the re­gion.

The judges were Lin­de­lani Mkhize of Joy­ous Cel­e­bra­tion, Pas­tor Charles Charamba and Rachel Chig­wada.

Mashona­land Hub came in sec­ond and pock­eted $7 500 while 2014 win­ner Harvest Taber­na­cle Choir set­tled for third place and was awarded $2 500.

The 63 mem­ber WTU strong choir works un­der the guid­ance of Ru­faro Nyamweda who said the win was a hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence for the choir that was formed on May 1.

“I’m hum­bled about win­ning be­cause we’re a new choir so this can only be the work of God. I’m so hum­bled,” said Nyamweda.

“It took hard work as we had many sleep­less nights pre­par­ing for the con­test.”

Nyamweda said they would use the prize money to help fur­ther im­prove the group and record an al­bum.

“The money doesn’t go to in­di­vid­u­als; what we’re go­ing to is to try to im­prove our group. We will get some uni­forms, buy some in­stru­ments and use part of the money for record­ings.

“We in­tend to record an al­bum for the group and this

will be be­fore the end of the year,” said Nyamweda. In front of thou­sands at the ZITF Hall 4, the com­pe­ti­tion seems to be grow­ing each year judg­ing by the crowd that gath­ered.gath­ered

This year the com­pe­ti­tion was stiff as all the choirs brought their A game to the con­test. So stiff was the com­pe­ti­tion that last year’s win­ners Hosana did not make it into the top three of the con­test.

The choirs were re­quired to sing songs in both praise and wor­ship dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion and judges were look­ing at group cre­ativ­ity, pre­sen­ta­tion, size and their in­ter­ac­tion with the crowd.

In the in­di­vid­ual ac­co­lades, Sun­day Mail Leisure re­porter Takudzwa Chi­ham­bakwe from Mashona­land Hub was a crowd favourite with his reg­gae out­fit com­plete with dread­locks and right­fully ad­judged to be the out­stand­ing male vo­cal­ist on the day.

WTU fe­male lead singer Amanda Nkomo gave a pow­er­ful praise song Rap­ture ( Bhera rorira) that got peo­ple on their feet and im­pressed judges who chose her the most out­stand­ing singer.

In the first round, the 11 groups per­formed two songs each, one praise song and one wor­ship song, be­fore the groups were cut down to six.

In the sec­ond round, the six per­formed a wor­ship song each be­fore the grand fi­nale where the fi­nal four choirs per­formed a praise song.

Not many things went wrong dur­ing the con­test as per­for­mances were filled with vigour mixed with beau­ti­ful melodies that touched the hearts of many. Some left the place say­ing they had been blessed by the singing while oth­ers were up­lifted by the words that were sung.

How­ever, the sound sys­tem was not that great as some lyrics could not be heard when per­formed by some groups and an im­prove­ment on this should be done next year.

The HHIC Clash of Hub Choirs was the grand fi­nale of the an­nual church’s Apos­tolic/Prophetic Con­fer­ence that ran from Au­gust 25 to Au­gust 28 un­der the theme Loy­alty and Dis­loy­alty. —Twit­ter @bon­ganinkunzi f emaema l e

Wor­ship Tem­ple Un­veiled (WTU) with a tro­phy

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