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Kutenda: New kid on the gospel block

Kids can be a tough audience and sharing gospel with them can be a tough subject, but eight year-old Kutenda Gabs has his own way of spreading the gospel among his associates.

By Staff Reporter

Kutenda, a Grade 4 pupil at North Park Primary School in Harare, is using music to win and keep souls for the Lord. His music is a reflection of his Christian life.

“His passion for music started when he was around four years old. When listening to music, he pays more attention to gospel music as compared to any other type of music,” said Kutenda’s mother Evylene Maforo, who is also his manager.

A member of the United Methodist Church and a member of the Zimpraise Kids, Kutenda released his debut project, a seven-track album titled Merciful God, on October 12 last year.

He has shared the stage with some of the best gospel musicians in the country.

“Kutenda had the opportunity to curtain-raise for Reverend Chivaviro at the launch of his Maranatha album and performed at the Oyos Music Festival that was held at Longchen Plaza on December 15 last year,” Maforo said.

She said last week, the young musician serenaded the audience at the Save a Dream Campaign — an event meant to benefit orphans — that was held at Longchen Plaza.

Maforo said Kutenda was an active member of the United Methodist Church praise team at the Southerton church.

“His music is being played on most of the country’s radio stations. He now has a video of the song Vakafa Vose Vachamuka, which is found on YouTube and his Facebook Page: Kutenda Gabs. Kutenda is shooting a video for songs on the album Merciful God,” she said.

Balancing school with any other passion can be a struggle for many of Kutenda’s age, but his mother thinks otherwise.

“I help him with his school work. Every day after work, I dedicate an hour or so to assist him with homework. Fortunately, he is good in school. He is an above average student,” she said.

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