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Gwanda Gospel Festival takes off in style

The fourth edition of the annual Gwanda International Gospel Festival took off to a brilliant start on Friday night as thousands gathered for worship led by local and South African musicians at Pelandaba Stadium.

By Kennedy Nyavaya in Gwanda

Headlined by South Africa’s Dr Tumi, the night performances, which were streamed live on local television, lived up to expectation as the glitzy set-up complemented the vast talent that took to the stage.

Indosakusa’s acapella sound, widely known as imbube, kick-started the gospel galore which also saw Hybrid Psalms, Great Praise Melodies and the energetic Vocal X take turns to serenade the mixed crowd.

From the foreign front, the nifty blend of Omega and Neyi kept the packed venue warm despite a chilly wind persisting in the mining town during the night.

Arguably South Africa’s most sought-after artiste, Dr Tumi, who has been selling out giant venues on either side of the Limpopo, proved why he deserves the attention with a solid show that ended at midnight, making way to a world-class showcase of fireworks.

More exhilarating acts, including ZCC Mbungo Star, Mathias Mhere,Takesure Zamar and South Africa’s Deborah Fraser, were scheduled to warm the stage last night.

Meanwhile, curtains come down today on the gospel fiesta organised by Bigtime Strategic Group.

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