Gwanda Gospel Fest off to ex­plo­sive start

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THE fourth edi­tion of the Gwanda In­ter­na­tional Gospel Mu­sic Fes­ti­val got off to an ex­plo­sive start on Fri­day night with South African gospel star Dr Tumi putting up a fives­tar per­for­mance at Phe­land­aba Sta­dium.

The first day show­cased the best that the Gwanda Gospel Fes­ti­val has to of­fer, prov­ing per­haps that in its fourth year the fes­ti­val, the brain­child of Big Time Strate­gic Group’s CEO Jus­tice Maphosa, has come of age.

Dr Tumi brought down the cur­tain on the night’s per­for­mances with a show­ing that gave fur­ther ev­i­dence of why he is one of South Africa’s highly rated gospel tal­ents.

Although Dr Tumi’s voice was the high­light of a glo­ri­ous night in the min­ing town, the fire­works dis­play at the end of his set once again lit up the Gwanda sky and got more cheer than per­haps any artiste had man­aged to com­mand dur­ing the night.

Be­fore Dr Tumi’s rous­ing per­for­mance, Bu­l­awayo’s In­dosakusa had al­ready proved that im­bube blends seam­lessly with gospel, as they gave an en­gag­ing per­for­mance that once again proved their grow­ing sta­tus as one of the genre’s lead­ing lights.

Vo­cal Ex also proved their prowess on the night, warm­ing up the stage be­fore Dr Tumi came on with an­other en­gag­ing per­for­mance that won the hearts of the throngs at Phe­land­aba Sta­dium.

In be­tween, the fest’s masters of cer­e­monies made sure that the event was a gospel gig, with the scrip­ture quoted at var­i­ous times dur­ing in­ter­vals be­tween per­for­mances.

Away from the stage, the first day of the fest once again proved that the Gwanda Gospel Fes­ti­val is now one of the best run mu­sic show­cases in the coun­try, with ev­ery sin­gle as­pect of the fest han­dled with ex­pert care.

More per­for­mances from top South African and lo­cal acts were held last night.

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