IT was a night to remember for the local Christian community as visiting multiple award-winning gospel group Worship House stole the thunder at the third edition of the Open Heavens Gospel Concert held at the Harare International Conference Centre on Saturday.
The concert, which is now an annual event, was hosted by Apostolic Faith Mission Mabelreign’s Shiloh Word Miracle Centre Assembly.
The award-winning group set the venue ablaze with an electrifying performance before an appreciative crowd.
The group was supported by Shiloh Praise, Sebastian Magacha, Saiwe Chimbetu, Flame B, Voice of Praise, Joseph Chiwara, CCAP Voice of Praise Pianos and Mathias Mhere who later paved way for the energetic visiting South African group.
Clad in matching outfits, the Kukhongela, Mathata Hayo and Munesimba singers took to the stage at around 6:30pm and wasted no time getting straight into the business of the day.
Worship House, who were performing in the country for the first time, had a polished show throughout their over two-and-a-half hours appearance.
Their display was consistent and fans could not help, but marvel at the talent of the musicians, belting out some Shona songs.
Once the show started, it flowed smoothly with new MCs in town, Felix Kuvhengurwa and Ruka Nyoka, directing events until the end.
Worship House said they were touched by the Zimbabwean hospitality, love and hope the locals had.
They said they were planning to have their next DVD to be shot in Harare.
“Zimbabweans are a loving people. It is indeed a pleasure to be here and perform in front of all you people. Thank you Reverend Onismor and Mrs Sasa together with AFM Shiloh Word for inviting us. We hope this is not the first and last time we are going to be here,” one of the representative speaker.
Reverend Sasa is the visionary and brainchild of the event
Fans who spoke on the sidelines of the show, with some from as far as Marondera and Bindura, said even if at times they could not understand the words and meaning of some songs in Zulu, Venda or Suthu, one could feel the joy, praise and worship and presence of God with each song the visitors performed.
“After their performance, it is only a matter of time before they are mentioned and get the attention that Joyous Celebrations and Solly Mahlangu get locally. Their ability to sing in different languages is a masterstroke which will enhance their brand across Africa,” Chengetai Zvobgo, a fan, said.
“The performance was great, vocals up to standard, a five start performance that appealed to all ages. It would be good to have them perform more often in Zimbabwe,” another fan Josphat Madziyire said.
Speaking before Worship House went on stage, Reverend Sasa said as a nation, Zimbabwe should never give up and believe that God is going to raise the country’s levels supernaturally.
He said Zimbabweans should believe, work hard and most importantly ask Him to lead and give solutions when faced with challenges.
“Expect only the best and take positive action to get it. Never talk defeat. Use words like hope, belief, faith and victory. While wishing and hoping makes you a dreamer, acting and doing makes you someone who can turn dreams into reality.
I have hope Zimbabwe’s fortunes will turn for the better and that status will remain for a long time because God loves our country,” Reverend Sasa said.