Baba naMai Patai in memorable performance


GOSPEL musicians Ephraim and Respina Patai, who are popularly known as Baba naMai Patai, last weekend gave an electric performance at an Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) Midlands quarterly conference in Gweru.


The couple who hogged the limelight a decade ago with the release of their album Rumbidzwai had not performed on stage for close to five years.

It is the song Mazambara that sent AFM congregants and other fans into the frenzy at Windsor Park.

“We are happy that despite being away from the music scene for quite some time, we still have the energy to keep the fans on their dancing toes,” Patai said.

Baba naMai Patai, who run successful enterprises in the construction industry in Gweru, recently told our sister paper, The Standard, that they have not abandoned music and instead are coming up with a new project.


Without giving exact dates, they said the “surprise eight-track album gift” would be released on the market soon.

Last Saturday’s performance also attended by AFM president, Aspher Madziyire, dispelled rumours that the couple left Zviratidzo ZvevaPostori church to join Emmanuel Makandiwa’s United Family International Church.

In fact they now attend AFM church.

“We are born again Christians and now attend AFM church,” Patai said.

The conversion to AFM by the Patais was confirmed by Muza Mapuranga, who is based in Gweru.

Mapuranga said the Patais attend church at City Faith in Gweru’s central business district.

The couple, who emerged as one of Gweru’s most popular gospel singers in the early 2000s, are backed by a group — Voice of Prophecy. They were ranked among the best gospel groups to have emerged from the City of Progress.