‘WE DO NOT RE­CY­CLE OLD SONGS’ Harvest House In­ter­na­tional choir a driv­ing force in gospel mu­sic

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AF­TER re­leas­ing its al­bum

(CD) and live DVD, Harvest

House In­ter­na­tional choir looks de­ter­mined to send waves in the world of gospel mu­sic.

In fact, the choir seems un­stop­pable in want­ing to be one of the best choirs in south­ern Africa and be­yond. The al­bum, aptly ti­tled Gen­e­sis, is truly the be­gin­ning of bet­ter things to come.

Min­is­ter Suku Luphahla high­lighted in the church mag­a­zine that the 2017/18 apos­tolic year has been ex­cit­ing for the mu­sic hub.

“The 2017/18 year has been ex­cit­ing in­deed for the mu­sic core, as we have ex­pe­ri­enced a tremen­dous growth in the num­ber of choirs par­tic­i­pat­ing. Twenty-one choirs par­tic­i­pated in the Clash of Choirs 2018 and it has be­come a trend­ing event in Bu­l­awayo,” she said.

This year’s Clash of Choirs was graced by some cel­e­brated artistes lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

“Dr Tumi was one of the ad­ju­di­ca­tors to­gether with Lin­de­lani Mkhize of Joy­ous Celebration, award-win­ning Pas­tor Charles Charamba and Rachel Chig­wada. The com­pe­ti­tion was ul­ti­mately won by Wor­ship Tem­ple Un­veiled who walked away with $5 000,” she said.

The Harvest House Su­per Choir was es­tab­lished af­ter a tough au­di­tion on 27 Jan­uary and 116 cho­ris­ters qual­i­fied from all the hub of choirs.

“Harvest House Mu­sic es­tab­lished the Su­per Choir through an au­di­tion process which was meant to se­lect the best of the best from all the hub choirs and 116 qual­i­fied and a lot of ef­fort was put. We had long day and night prac­tice ses­sions and fi­nally 60 mem­bers re­mained af­ter a rig­or­ous vet­ting process,” she said.

Bishop Colin Ny­athi also said over the past five years they have been record­ing songs dur­ing the Clash of Choirs com­pe­ti­tions.

“We have been do­ing this for the past five years and we have been record­ing the songs dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tions and we have 400 songs. In this al­bum we only had to choose the best 25 and per­fected them, also as Harvest Mu­sic we do not re­cy­cle old songs,” he said.

He fur­ther said the CD and DVD will have a huge im­pact lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

“Our CD and DVD will have a huge im­pact around the world be­cause it is al­ready airing on dif­fer­ent plat­forms like ZBC, One Gospel on DStv, Aus­tralia, UK, the list is end­less,” he said.

One of the Harvest House In­ter­na­tional prod­ucts Takesure Za­mar Ncube said the choir will have a huge in­flu­ence in the Sadc re­gion.

“I can con­fi­dently say it is un­de­ni­able that we have the best choir that can be rated with the likes of Joy­ous Celebration, but ours is unique be­cause we are more bal­anced and our strength is that we are flex­i­ble in terms of lan­guage use be­cause in this al­bum we used Shona, Nde­bele, Zulu, Venda and English,” he said.

He added that it was a rare op­por­tu­nity that can be given to an artiste to be part of the project.

“It is a rare op­por­tu­nity to be given such a plat­form. No mat­ter how tal­ented you are get­ting such an op­por­tu­nity is very un­com­mon. I have gone around and I have seen artistes knock­ing on doors for such op­por­tu­ni­ties, to me this is a way of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity and to me this falls un­der phi­lan­thropy,” he said.

Bishop Ny­athi added that if artistes feel like they are ready to go solo, the church will not stand in any­one’s way.

“This is just a plat­form we give to artistes and if they feel like they can stand on their own they are free and as a church that is what we want. This has seen us pro­duc­ing some of the finest artistes like Takesure Ncube, Brian Ban­gura, Ab­solom Ndlovu, Moses Zi­wenga, Oshi­ana Ncube, Nom­pumelelo Bhebhe and Pride Panashe (Namibia), among oth­ers,” he ex­plained.

He also re­vealed that they are look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a school of mu­sic.

“We have big plans and we are look­ing for­ward to record­ing more of them (al­bums) and we want to have a school of mu­sic. We want to take our choir on a tour around and out­side the coun­try and our long term plan is to have buses with a PA sys­tems that will sup­port big con­certs,” he said.

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