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American gospel musician graces local conference


Top American gospel artist Deitrick Haddon is expected in Zimbabwe tomorrow afternoon ahead of his concert slated for the Harare Gardens on Saturday.

The concert is being hosted courtesy of His Presence Ministries International as part of their conference dubbed “The Next Generation”, which runs from August 10-13 in the capital.

Apostle Charles and Petunia Chiriseri are co-founders of His Presence Ministries International.

Speaking to NewsDay, Public relations officer Barbra Ndunduma confirmed the tour and said all was set for the concert.

“The concert is now finally in our backyard. Haddon will be touching down at the Harare International Airport on Friday (tomorrow) afternoon for his performance the next day,” she said.

“Being the spirited performer he is, you should expect nothing, but an amazing stint with this gospel star.

“The concert is aimed at providing positive role models for the youths, a fact that coincides with the title of the conference, ‘Next Generation’.”

Haddon would be supported by a star-studded galaxy of local gospel artists.

The Celebration Church Choir together with His Ministries (His Music) Choir and Sebastian Magacha will take to the stage curtain raising for Haddon.

Rising gospel star Thembelani and the Zimpraise Choir are also some of the outfits lined up to perform at this concert.

Expected at the conference will be high-profile speakers David Molapo, a popular South African motivational speaker and businessman, as well as Nevers Mumba, former Vice-President of Zambia.

Born Deitrick Vaughn Haddon in 1973, he is a gospel singer, songwriter, producer and pastor — popularly known for his contemporary style of music and progressive gospel styles. He is a native of Detroit, Michigan, US.

According to Wikipedia, Haddon launched his solo career as a Christian R&B vocalist with the Lost& Found on Tyscot/Verity in 2002.

To date Haddon has five albums to his name and last year he released his fifth album titled Church On The Moon.

Some of Haddon’s impressive hits include Heaven Knows and Sinner’s Prayer, which received heavy spins on gospel and mainstream R&B radio stations.

In an uncharacteristic move for marketing one of his gospel albums, Haddon made an appearance on the long-running syndicated series Soul Train performing the single as well as the title track from the album.

Deitrick Haddon & Voices Of Unity’s Live The Life won Gospel Music Workshop of America Excellence Awards for New Artist of the Year and Album of the Year — Urban Contemporary.

The album debuted at number one on the Billboards Top Gospel charts and number 65 on the Billboard 200.

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