Writes Marlvin Ngiza
Zimbabwe gospel musicians have raised the nation’s flag high at the just-ended Afripraise festival which was held in London on 5 August 2023.
Sharing their experiences after the conclusions of the colourful festival, local gospel giants expressed great pleasure to the opportunity and success of the event saying that it was extraordinary and a worthy cherishing experience.
Minister Michael Mahendere said that he was out of words about the great event while Janet Manyowa showed amazement at the turnout and the support.
“We had a wonderful time, words can not even describe the experience,” said Mahendere
The gospel diva Janet Manyowa said “Saturday was surely a beautiful night at the Afripraise Festival. Thank you ZimPraise for making it happen, the multitudes that came through, and all the artists. May the Lord be praised forever. See you again soon UK,” she said.
Meanwhile, the multi-award winning group, Zimpraise Choir, which organized the festival with the mission of uniting Africa through music, has revealed that although the event faced a disruption towards the end, the event was a success.
Zimpraise further expressed that there will be a compensation percentage discount for the next festival to those who were affected by the disruption.
“Thank you so much for your love and support. We truly appreciate it. We would like to take this moment to offer our sincere apologies for the unexpected cutoff at the end of the event. Unfortunately, it was caused by technical issues at the venue that were beyond our control.
“However, we are deeply grateful for your love and patience throughout the event. To make it up to you, we are committed to providing everyone who purchased a ticket for this festival with a compensation percentage discount for the Birmingham 2024 edition. Expect an email with details this week. Once again, thank you all for being understanding, and we look forward to seeing you at the festival next year for an unforgettable experience,” said Zimpraise.
Other Zimbabwe gospel musicians who made the lineup include Mathias Mhere, Kuda Mutsvene, Everton Mlalazi, Sir Benjamin Rupapa, and Minister Rumbie among others.
Moreover, a chance was also utilized to honour the legacy of the late national hero and founder of ZAOGA (FIFMI), Archbishop Ezekiel Guti who passed away a month ago.