Nicole Mullen jets in

United States gospel musician Nicole Mullen jetted into the country on Tuesday evening for a week-long visit that will see her staging two shows at the Celebration Centre on Saturday and Sunday.

This will be the second time for the gospel musician to perform in Harare after a debut appearance at an exciting show at Borrowdale Racecourse in September last year.

She is accompanied by her eight-member band that includes her husband. Her father, mother and three children are also part of the contingent.

Speaking just after touching down at Harare International Airport at exactly 9:10pm on Tuesday, Mullen said she was excited to be “back home”.

She even extended a welcome gesture to her children saying: “Welcome to the land of our fathers,” to the applause of many that met her at the airport.

“I am happy to be back home. It is only the second time here but Africa has always been my home and Zimbabwe is such a pleasant destination.

“I have brought my whole family this time so that we experience the warmth together,” said Mullen.

Mullen will meet the media on Thursday at a press conference as she begins her busy schedule that will include visiting the less privileged and attending various church functions.

“I am promising the very best for my fans. Last year it was an experimental visit but now I know what my fans want and I am going to give them a lifetime experience. I am prepared to praise, worship and fellowship with my brothers and sisters here.”

Tour organiser Pastor Herman Chimusoro said the musician will have separate playlists for the shows, which makes it possible and exciting for fans to attend both concerts.

“She has planned two different playlists for the two shows. What people will hear Saturday is completely different from what she has planned for Sunday,” said Chimusoro.

He said Mullen will this time spend 12 days in the country visiting various places in and outside Harare to get a better picture of the country.

“After an exciting encounter with gospel music fans on her first visit, Nicole felt she should bring her family to spend more time in the country and enjoy the warmth that greeted her when she was here for just two days,” said Chimusoro.

He said the musician would visit Victoria Falls and spend three days in the resort town, discovering the natural scenery and fellowshipping with people in the town and its surrounding areas.

Mullen will unveil her latest album Captivated to local fans. The album was released early this month and local fans will be among the lucky fans to sample the album live on stage less than a month after its release.

The gifted singer is popular internationally for her song My Redeemer but she proved that there is more up her sleeve when she gave a memorable performance on her first visit.

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