Lovemore Meya Arts Correspondent
Free Divine Choral Group on Saturday night serenaded a capella music lovers at the Anglican Cathedral Hall when they put up a top-notch act during the launch of their debut 10-track album “Kudzokera Kumba”.
Clad in designer sky-blue shirts, black trousers and black shoes, the ex-convicts proved to be a force to reckon with.
The 10-member group’s performance took many down memory lane after they belted tune after tune with songs full of touching narratives.
“Mwari Mumba Mangu” was a track that won the hearts of many in which they thanked the Lord for keeping their families together during their incarceration.
Tracks to look forward to include “Kufamba Naye”, “Suwo” and “Rudo RwaMwari” among others.
Other groups that put the icing on the cake included Shower Power Stand, Behold from Gweru, Warm Praise and Bliss from Mutare.
Not to be outdone was the appreciative crowd that responded positively to each act.
The stage was beautifully decorated in white and blue colours with the silhouette lighting system making the event sparkling.
Speaking at the colourful event, guest of honour Dr Sylvester Maunganidze applauded the ex-convicts for a turning over a new leaf since their release.
“The guys who had been in prison are doing a wonderful job. What they have showcased here is an indication of a job well done by the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services.
“It shows how our prisons are rehabilitating people to be better beings and I would like to thank Free Divine International Trust for the initiative of thinking about people who are behind bars,” said Dr Maunganidze.
He said he was not amused by society’s notion in view of the ex-convicts and encouraged people to desist from stigmatising ex-prisoners and give them a second chance.
The show was made successful through Free Divine International Trust whose thrust is to promote reintegration of ex-inmates into the society through projects in arts and various other projects