Dr Tumi, Fraser to grace Gwanda festival

SOUTH AFRICAN singers, Dr Tumi and Deborah Fraser, will be part of the line-up of music acts expected to spark fireworks at the annual Gwanda International Gospel Festival scheduled to run from Friday till Sunday.

BY SINDISO DUBE/SHARON SIBINDI

Deborah Fraser

The South Africans will be supported by locals Takesure Zamar, Mathias Mhere and ensembles Vocal Ex and Indosakusa.

This year’s festival, which is in its fourth year running, will be held under the theme, The Walls of Jericho Did Fall.

Show organiser Big Time Strategic Group’s corporate affairs director, Alson Darikayi, said they were excited to be bringing Dr Tumi and Fraser for this year’s edition.

“We’re quite excited to have Dr Tumi coming through for the festival. He recently added another feather in his cap after he managed to fill up the 30 000-seater Voortrekker Monument Amphitheatre in Pretoria, South Africa,” he said.

“That speaks volumes of his abilities. His ability to write canonical songs that transform lives is something we admire. It’s such a joy to have him come to Gwanda for the first time and we have no doubt he will put up a fine performance. We are also excited about the inclusion of Deborah Fraser which adds a cutting edge and diversity.”

This year’s edition marks Zamar’s third appearance at the Gwanda fiesta.

“Zamar has proven beyond a shadow of doubt that in an industry where songs are recycled every day, he is that rare breed who writes songs birthed from a place of prayer. He’s been part of the festival for the last two years and he has never disappointed,” added Darikayi.

The festival attracts more than 40 000 people every year.

Big Time Strategic Group brand executive manager Millicent Chanetsa assured visiting and local fans that there are strict measures that will be put in place to curb cholera which has forced some high-profile gigs to be called off.

She said there were alive to the recent cholera outbreak and have “put points around the stadium with sanitisers and more than adequate ablution facilities”.

South Africa Spirit of Praise duo of Pastor Neyi Zimu and Omega, as well as Thinah Zungu will take turns to minister to the people at the festival.

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