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Gospel lovers who went to Gwanzura Stadium this Sunday got an early Easter treat with musicians in the genre belting out their favourite hits during Chipaz Promotions’ 10th anniversary.

Despite the poor turnout, artistes on the line up gave their all in song and dance. It appears that most gospel lovers had decided that this was a secular event and shunned it accordingly. The gig started with upcoming singers among them the acapella group Chipo Cherugare, before songstress Sehlapi Mtombeni and Rumbidzai Zvirikuzhe took to the stage.

The show came alive when Sebastian Magacha took the stage. He delighted fans with his popular songs “Back to Sender”, “Satani Imbavha”, “1+1”, “Baba Ndinotenda” and “Makaponesa Mweya Wangu”.

The merry mood continued with Trymore Bande, who some have branded Charles Charamba’s copycat. He, however, proved that he can keep an audience on its feet in his own right. He sang songs from his latest album like “Pharaoh”, “Hezekiah”, “Muimba YaMwari” and “Uchandiramba Peter”.

King Shaddy made a surprise appearance on stage sending the crowd into a frenzy but did not perform his version of “Machira Chete”. Instead, he asked Pastor Charamba who was also on the line up to sing the original version.

The dancehall musician paved way for the gospel couple who then gave a spirited performance.

Their band members displayed well coordinated dances that left fans convinced they were still in the game.

The musicians ushered fans into Easter and Independence spirit through a selection of songs such as “Huya Titaurirane”, “Kuponeswa Kwangu”, “Chidhoma” and “Nyika yeZimbabwe”.

The couple said this was a season to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and celebrate Zimbabwe’s Independence and encouraged people to safeguard their lives during this season. In the same spirit of joy, Pastor Stanley Gwanzura also known as Pastor G, sang his popular track “Mabiribobi” which fans sang along to.

The closing act came from the high-riding musician Mathias Mhere who has just returned from his successful tour of South Africa.

The “Favour” hitmaker was given a rapturous welcome and he did not disappoint. Some of the songs he performed include tracks from his latest album “Favour”, “Number Busy”, “Zita Rangu” and “Idya Tafura”.

He left the crowd clamouring for more. Chipaz Promotions was launched in 2004 with a night club in Chitungwiza called Club Chipaz where it played host to some big names in show business.

After acquiring a promoter’s licence from the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, the company then started hosting big shows in and outside Harare. Some of the shows that were successfully held include the “Zim Finest Gig”, “Dancehall Shutdown”, “The Big Four”, “Sungura Shutdown” and “Dancehall Fiesta”.

Source : The Herald