It was a night of excitement and bliss when a huge crowd thronged 7Arts Theatre in Avondale on Sunday night to witness, for the first time ever, Zimbabwe’s own inter-denominational praise and worship group Zim Praise performing at an event dubbed “The Power Live DVD Recording”.
The highly-energetic large choir featured some of Zimbabwe’s most popular gospel musicians like Thembalami Tagwirei, Pastor G and Sebastian Magacha who all managed to get the audience on its feet in dance and celebration.
Magacha gave a leading performance especially on his popular song Ridza Bosvo which proved to be a favourite for many including Information and Communication Technology minister, Nelson Chamisa who was part of the crowd.
“This is an extraordinary event not because of the vocal praise and instrumental praise but because of the spiritual presence of the most high,” said Chamisa.
Chamisa said the event had shown that God had a message for people and this was the beginning of many great things to come.
He shared four memory verses from the Bible with the audience and certainly got people excited when he led them in singing a popular gospel song titled Hakuna Wakaita saJesu.
Present at the occasion was the Apostolic Faith Mission president Alfias Madziyire who commended his son Joseph and his friend McDonald Chidavaenzi for organising such a crowd-pulling event.
“I feel really humbled knowing that Joseph never came home to me to ask for help but instead ran around on his own, but either way I salute Zim Praise and I will give them $1 000 and I am inviting them to my rural home where I will slaughter a beast for them,” said Madziyire to a loud applause.
He said he was happy the youths in the group were using so much energy to sing and dance for the Lord.
The team of musicians featured talented musicians from various Pentecostal churches like Zaoga, AFM and Faith Ministries amongst others.
The auditorium was packed and some people had to sit on the stairs while some stood throughout the show.
However, businessman Philip Chiyangwa, who was meant to be the guest of honour, failed to make it to the show as he was attending the funeral of his brother James “Jimmy Jimalo” who died on Saturday.
He was represented by Chamu Chimedza who told the crowd Chiyangwa had sent him with a message that God’s children should not feel ashamed in amassing wealth because their Father wants them to be rich.
He promised to give Zim Praise all the support they would need for next year’s event.
“Our main aim is to unite the nation and various Christian denominations through worship and we seek to reconcile people to their creator,” said Madziyire.
He said the first generation of Zim Praise would be included on the recording and after that auditions would be conducted annually to give new and various people a chance to be part of the group.
Zim Praise recorded their first album titled Zim Praise Volume 1 in 2006 which had the popular song Kana Usipo by Nox and Trevor Dongo. In 2009 they recorded the Zim Praise Volume 2 which featured Ndibateyi by Pride Priestly.