BY WINSTONE ANTONIO HARARE-BASED Seventh Day Adventist musical group, The Vine, appears to have made a striking return from a four-year sabbatical with a high standard that brought with it a new style on the stage.
It appears the 15-member group has set the bar too high for many artistes who would probably want to do a live album recording with such a well-planned and choreographed event, if developments on the showbiz scene are anything to go by.
The Vine’s live recording of its second 12-track album titled The Great Physician at Harare International Conference Center last week has continued to ignite conversations not only on the showbiz scene, but also across digital platforms.
Interestingly, the dominating conversations is not about HICC being fully packed or on the top local and South African music icons such as Janet Manyowa or Benjamin Dube or Soweto Gospel Choir, Mabongi Mabaso and Mahalia Buchanan among others who featured on the project, but instead, the well-lit state-of-the-art stage.
Yes, you got it right, it’s the stage.
Courtesy of Events Evolution, the stage was just striking and it has been endorsed on different social media platforms.
The Vine’s investment for this live recording process from the state-of-the-art stage to the hosting has just shown how serious they are about their craft.
This has been a major missing link for many artistes, but for the few like dancehall singer Winky D and Jah Prayzah who have managed to do it, they are reaping and enjoying the rewards of their investments in their crafts.
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Kudos to those with creative ideas to take their craft seriously.
Speaking to Standard Style, about the stage, The Vine director Everton Mlalazi said: “On that stage, it was The Vine’s idea to depict heaven on the stage and Events Evolution working together with Napoleon Nyanhi (event production director) designed and executed the set up.”
Mlalazi said it was a blessing that the live recording was a success and went according to script.
“We thank everyone who made it happen as the live recording went very well and we thank the fans for coming and supporting us in the manner they did,” he said.
“It was a blessing to work with different artistes on this project. The Soweto Gospel Choir, Mahalia, Mabongi, The Orchestra, the band and The Vine singers all came to the party and performed very well on the night.”
Mlalazi said they expect the album to be available on the market in early June.
“We are seized with post production work as we speak and hopefully by the end of the month, we will wrap that up and release early June,” he said.
“We want to thank God for giving us the opportunity and platform to serve and share messages of hope about God, the great physician.
“We plan to hold annual recordings with The Vine hopefully in different cities in Zimbabwe.”
Some of the songs on the album include title track, The Great Physician, God Can, Inyang’ Enkulu, Ndimi Simba, Psalms 94, Mngane Wami, Prayer and Pass Me Not Oh Gentle Saviour.