Talented South African gospel musician, Solly Mahlangu is expected to perform at the Harare International Conference Centre on Saturday alongside some popular local artists that include Pastor Charles and Olivia Charamba and Zim Praise.
Report by Tinashe Sibanda
The concert will be part of the annual Open Heavens crusade that is being organised by Reverend Onismo Sasa, which runs from tomorrow to Sunday.
Mahlangu is rocking the airwaves across the region through his touching gospel lyrics that saw his album Mwamba Mwamba winning the best Traditional Faith Music Album award at the South African Music Awards this year. In 2009 he won the Best Gospel Song at the SABC gospel crown awards that were held in Durban.
“We will bring such a high-profile musician to inspire the people of Zimbabwe through his music as the word of God tells us that music is a powerful tool of worship,” said Sasa.
“It will be a time for people to enjoy good music and be saved. We want people to know that salvation is for everyone regardless of age, nationality or race.”
Besides the Charambas and Zim Praise, the dynamic Shiloh Word Miracle praise and worship group which has graced various local functions will be part of the crusade.
Mahlangu, who is currently riding high with songs Obrigado Sikwembu Samadima (Thank You Almighty God) and Wahamba Nathi (Siyabonga Jesu), collaborated with other internationally acclaimed musicians such as Keke Phoofolo, who was the guest artist at the Open Heavens Crusade last year, and Zanele.
“Through this performance we want to bring people together in an atmosphere of worship so that they are encouraged in the faith and receive unlimited favours,” said Sasa.
Mahlangu who is also a pastor has been in the industry for 20 years, having been raised in a Christian home where going to church was a tradition. His upbringing was a blessing since he managed to discover his talent in music during praise and worship sessions in church.
He learnt to play the accordion at a tender age and began singing at conferences, schools, youth camps and many other functions.