BY IRENE MOYO
PASTOR and musician Siphethangani Sibanda will on Saturday temporarily abandon the pulpit to celebrate his Wavuma (You Agreed) album at the Fire Live concert.
The concert will be held at Buffalo Theatre in Bulawayo.
Sibanda, known as Pastor Barak, said he launched Wavuma album last year to share his life testimony to the world through music.
“I feel like I owe God, my followers and the album itself if I do not do such an event to meet my supportive fans,” he said.
Sibanda’s life has not been that rosy having been raised by a single parent.
“My dad was killed by people in the middle of the night in 1984 and the house was set on fire while we were inside; you know how it is to grow in such a set-up,” he said.
“My mother struggled alone to take eight of us to school, but with God’s grace she managed. After finishing my Ordinary Level studies, my mother died through food poisoning and I had to work hard to educate
He added: “Along the way, I mysteriously lost my four siblings dying every year, but through my mother’s teachings to rely upon God and prayer, I soldiered on and managed to work in some big institutions. I am a former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe employee.”
Sibanda believes that, despite his background, God has enabled him to achieve a lot in life.
“I never thought life would be what it is now. I am driving, not complaining, running my own small business, a minister of the gospel as a man of God and a well-known musician,” he said.
“When I released my album titled Yimi Lo (Is this me) in 2017, I asked myself if it was really me who is honoured by the nation like this. Now with this Wavuma album, I am just telling people that God has no respect for one’s background to bless you.”
Through the Wavuma album, Sibanda said he wanted to encourage people who might have grown up in a similar environment to his that when they seek God, He would serve their lives.
“With Wavuma album, I am preaching and ministering grace upon other people who are giving up in life,” he said.
“My music is doing well on different digital platforms, in Zimbabwe and other southern African countries including South Africa and Zambia,” he added.
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