TOP-notch South African choir Joyous Celebration founder Lindelani Mkhize will be in the country at the weekend to train choirs from Harvest House International Church’s various hubs tomorrow ahead of the Clash of Choirs Concert scheduled for August.
BY LUYANDUHLOBO MAKWATI
The concert will mark the end of the church’s Apostolic and Prophetic Conference, which will run from August 24 to 30 at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Grounds in Bulawayo.
The winners will walk away $50 000 richer, while the first runners-up will pocket $20 000 and the second runners-up will get $10 000.
The rest of the participants will get $1000 for participating and there will also be prizes for the best male and female vocalist, the most outstanding choir director, the most synergistic band, the most disciplined choir and the most outstanding instrumentalist.
A gospel music talent developer and scout, Mkhize will be the main adjudicator in the Clash of Choirs and the judges’ panel will include top gospel artiste Charles Charamba and Zimbabwe College of Music executive director Rachel Jera-Chigwanda.
The Clash of Choirs concert is expected to bring in 13 choirs from across the world.
The training sessions to be led by Mkhize will be four hours each for each hub choir and all the 13 hub choirs will be trained before the competition.
“So the hope is that he will apply his expertise in a number of areas including toning, band integration and synergy with the choir, choir directing and vocal ability, among other things,” the church in a statement said.
“The objective of the annual concert is to ensure a gradual positive change in the quality of music, while identifying and developing talent within the church thus investing back into the ministry.”
The training, the church said, was a testimony of its commitment to develop its congregants and empower them to live successful lives.
“One such living testimony is Takesure Zamah Ncube (Kuregera in Advance hit-maker). His song is now being played in international television and radio stations,” the statement in part reads.
Harvest House International was founded by Bishop Collin and Sarah Nyathi 20 years ago.