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Choral festival on Saturday

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Omega Praise Production Club and Cleveland Dam Entertainment will tomorrow launch a choral festival at Cleveland Dam in Msasa dubbed Yimbira Mwari Wako Choral Festival.

The club co-coordinator Timothy Japi said they had decided to launch this festival as a way of promoting choral music in the country.

“We noticed that choral music in Zimbabwe was not popular and therefore not identified by many people hence our decision to launch this festival. We hope that this will bring people from different religious groups together and therefore promote choral music in the country,” said Japi.

He added that these competitions, which will kick off in Harare, will subsequently spread out to other parts of the country.

Various choral choirs from Harare including Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) Mabvuku, Reformed Churches in Zimbabwe (RCZ), Seke 1 ZAOGA, Mabvuku CCAP, High Glen UMC, St Stephen UMC Zengeza, Kuwadzana UMC and Sunningdale MCZ Church Choir have been invited to participate.

Japi said more groups were expected to take part in the event as they were looking at a total of 20 music outfits.

Popular talk show host Rebecca Chisamba is expected to officially open the festival while gospel diva Olinda Marowa and Faith Chiteshe will be the guest artistes.

Marowa is popular in gospel circles for her hit track Ndinouya Baba while Chiteshe recently released her debut album Tirangarire.

During the event, choral groups will present two of their best songs. After singing these songs, the groups will battle it out with a set piece.

After singing the set piece, compiled by freelance
songwriter Leonard Gara, the best group will be awarded for the Best Voice Projection.

The best choirmaster will also receive an award for their efforts. The competition’s semi-finals will be held on December 18 at the Cleveland Dam.

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