HARARE - Joyous Celebration co-founder Lindelani Mkhize, who was part of the judges at the Harvest House International Clash of Hub Choirs in Bulawayo on Sunday, has lauded the musical prowess of Zimbabwean choirs.
“Let me tell you, Bulawayo has got talent. I am impressed by the performances of the various choirs,” Mkhize said.
The respected South African music personality, who was joined on the judging panel by gospel icon Pastor Charles Charamba and rising music star Pride Priestly Nhengere, added that he would attend next year’s edition of the competition.
“I will be here next year. I can’t miss such talent. This has been a very rewarding experience for me,” Mkhize said to wild cheers from gospel enthusiasts who thronged ZITF Hall 4 for the inaugural competition in which the winner walked away with $10 000.
Harvest Tabernacle Choir (HTC), which entered the competition as underdogs, beat their more fancied opponents to claim the first prize after a thrilling performance of the song Konke.
HTC’s polished vocals and instrumentals won the hearts of the high-profile judging panel.
The performance on the song Mhere Mhere, composed by upcoming gospel artiste Brian
Kumuzamu, was one of the highlights of HTC’s winning presentation.
The energetic and vocally gifted Harvest Aflame, from Bulawayo’s Western suburbs claimed the second position along with the $5 000 prize.
In the run-up to the competition, many had tipped Harvest House Masvingo to walk away with the first prize but the favourites only claimed the third position despite having impressed many with a well-choreographed presentation.
In line with the competition’s standing rules, each choir was required to compose fours songs which would be performed in five minutes.
From the initial 10 choirs that competed, five made it through to the second round in which the top three were chosen.
The 10 participating choirs included representatives of
Botswana and South Africa as well as choral groups representing Manicaland, Matabeleland and Bulawayo provinces.
Worship Addicts and Bulawayo-based gospel choir, Vocal Extra ordinaire, who were guest groups, entertained the fairly huge crowd during breaks.
Harvest House International (HHI) co-founder Reverend Sarah Nyathi was delighted by the support given to the initiative by gospel music fans in the City of Kings – Daily News.