Local gospel group Vocal Extraordinairé is set to release their sixth DVD/album titled, I live To Worship (Ebenezer) at a launch to be held at Word of Life Auditorium in Bulawayo.
By Sindiso Dube
Upcoming gospel groups — Dumisa, Tehiillah Praise, Sons of the Prophet (FIG) and Wenyasha — will curtain-raise the event.
The guest artist for the day will be Mnet Idols (East and Southern Africa) 2008 winner, Eric Moyo, who recently joined South Africa’s Joyous Celebration.
Vocal Extraordinairé director Thembelani Mdlaziba said: “This launch is basically a story of our journey, hence the title Ebenezer, which means, this is how far the Lord has taken us.
“We have been focusing on establishing the group, musically and as an entity. We have seen doors opening and recently we hosted prominent names in the gospel music industry — Zim Praise, Pastor Gee and Takesure Zama.”
Mdlaziba said they had recruited a few members in the group and nurtured a few guys who are now pursuing solo careers.
He said they would do nationwide tours.
“We are aiming to tour Zimbabwe, now that our first DVD/CD is out. We are grateful to the likes of Minister Takesure Zamar Ncube and Zim Praise, who have invited us outside Bulawayo,” he said.
Vocal Extraordinairé is the brainchild of Mdlaziba, Eric Moyo and Mkhululi Bhebhe, a famed Joyous Celebration member.
The three used to sing together at church during their high school days before forming a fully-fledged religious musical group.
“Eric is a guest artist, but has always been a Vocal Ex member and the backbone since its inception, and has been humble to share his knowledge considering his musical history,” Mdlaziba said.
“As someone I grew up with, with the love of music we share, it was all natural for him to grace the day.”
Mdlaziba has worked with former Joyous Celebration musician Avis Dlamini after moving to South Africa, where he got an opportunity to learn more about the professional gospel scene.