By Lastword Musekiwa
South African gospel music powerhouse Dr Tumi is set to headline this year’s edition of the Gwanda International Gospel Music Festival.
The three-day festival running for the fourth edition, is known for bringing together some of the continent’s gospel music heavyweights and will take place from October 5-7 at Pelandaba Stadium in Gwanda.
At least eleven bands are expected to grace the festival have been confirmed from either side of the Limpopo River.
Dr Tumi, will kick off the festival with a headline performance at the festival’s Opening Night on Friday.
In an interview with Star FM News, Big Time Group corporate affairs director, the company behind the event said:
“We’re quite excited to have Dr Tumi coming through for the festival.
“He recently added another feather in his cap after he managed to fill up the 30 000 seater Voortrekker Monument Amphitheatre in Pretoria, South Africa. \
“That speaks volumes of his abilities.
“His ability to write canonical songs that transform lives is something we admire.
“It’s such a joy to have him come to Gwanda for the first time and we have no doubt he will put up a fine performance.”
Some of the outfits to perform include The Spirit of Praise, Neyi Zimu, Omega, Indosakusa, Hybrid Psalmz and Vocal Ex.
“We believe Gwanda is a platform for budding local artists to rub shoulders with accomplished gospel stars and also grow their musical brands hence our inclusion of the three groups,” Darikayi said.
Another, multi-award winning gospel musician, Deborah Fraser headlines the second day of the festival, Saturday 6th of October with Takesure ‘Zamar’ Ncube performing at the festival for the third time.
“Zamar has proven beyond a shadow of doubt that in an industry where songs are recycled every day, he is that rare breed who writes songs birthed from a place of prayer. He’s been part of the festival for the last two years and he has never disappointed,” added Darikayi.
Also returning to Gwanda is Mathias Mhere and ZCC Mbungo Stars.
“It’s obviously a star-studded line-up and we are hopeful that the people of God will praise and worship the living God. Gwanda has always been about giving praise to the living God and it is our desire to see people from all corners of the nation exalt our Maker,” said Darikayi.
“Our theme: “THE WALLS OF JERICHO DID FALL” this year is quite foretelling especially as we work towards rebuilding the economy of our beautiful nation, Zimbabwe. We believe walls of limitation that have kept the nation of Zimbabwe stagnant are tumbling as we lift our praise to the Mighty Man of War – Jehovah. Zimbabwe shall rise again,” said Darikayi.
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