Spirit of Praise comes for Zimbabwe tour . . . as tickets go on sale MMatema

Tafadzwa Zimoyo

Entertainment Editor

In Hollywood, there are popular groupie movies and blockbusters.

Think of “Expandables,” “Fast and Furious” franchise, “Oceans” and “Money Heist series, among others.

All have one common goal of being friends or groupies, working together even though they have different themes.

In music there are bands, but this time around it is not bands but a group of renowned established gospel musicians coming together to perform on one stage.

All have their fan base, and different tastes to the extent that they can even host their own “Coachellas”, concerts and can even fill their selected venues.

After organisers of the much-anticipated gospel show dubbed “Spirit of Praise” — 9, Zimbabwe Tour” announced that it is happening this month, fans have already gone into frenzy.

It will be a first for Spirit of Praise to be in Zimbabwe.

Two locals, Caanan Nyathi and Everton Mlalazi, have been roped in to work with the group.

The top-notch line-up consists of Benjamin Dube, Dumi Mkokstad, Omega, MMatema, Mpumi Mtsweni, Sindi Ntombela, Nyathi, Ayanda Ntanzi, Takie Ndou and Mlalazi.

The event is scheduled for November 24 at the Hippodrome Harare, hosted by Ginger Apple in partnership with Vast Construction.

In an interview with The Herald Arts, organiser from the Zimbabwean side, Rumbidzai Matinanga, said preparations were at an advanced stage, with tickets selling at designated points.

“We are excited to have the group in Zimbabwe performing for the first time,” she said. “Some of them have been here on various occasions and for shows, but this time around it’s the popular Spirit of Praise which has been touring regionally.”

Matinanga said the end goal was that the tour will promote unity among regional artistes.

“It is not only about music, but rather creating relations as well,” she said. “Music is universal and we are happy with how fans have been making noise about this show, wanting to come, hopefully we will maintain the standard of hosting them like other countries.” Matinanga said the event will see Lincolin Kapswara and his wife Nkosi as the masters of ceremony. She said already, the stars have started their preparations and all eyes were on Zimbabwe.

“As it is a first, many want to see how best can we pull this but believe you me, it is something to remember what we are going to do and we want to put Zimbabwe on the map,” she said.

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