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Gospel musicians live what they preach

GOSPEL musicians Edwick Duri, whose stage name is Mai Duri, and Evernice Jeche are living by the the message in their song titled Kutenda Kusina Mabasa Kwakafa (Faith Without Works is Dead) by helping vulnerable people in society as true faith transforms lives.

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Mai Duri (second from left) with some children at Hurungwe Children’s Home in Karoi recently

The two artistes, who did a duet on Kutenda Kusina Mabasa Kwakafa, took time off their busy schedules recently to donate goods and foodstuffs at an orphanage, Hurungwe Children’s Home, in Karoi.

Also accompanying the two gospel music ministers was Miss Curvy Zimbabwe 2018 finalist Joy Tapuwanashe Nemaungwe, who entertained the children through modelling, singing and dancing competitions.

Mai Duri and Jeche cooked and dished out food to the 75 children at the home before handing over the clothing and shoes, part of which was raised from well wishers.

The children loved every moment of the day and when it was time for the visitors to leave the home, the matron, Dorcas Kupara, had a tough time in trying to convince the young ones that their visitors would come back soon.

Mai Duri told The Standard Style during the visit that according to the Bible, a beliver’s faith is evidenced by the way they live and this had motivated them to help disadvantaged and vulnerable people.

“If we truly believe God is who He says He is and that the Bible means what it says, we will act accordingly. We decided to go a step further after singing the song Kutenda Kusina Mabasa Kwakafa, which is from James 2:26 that says, ‘For as the body without spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also’.”

Jeche, who lives in Karoi, added: “Going out to meet a need with whatever you have is much appreciated as the children out there who are orphaned need our help.”

She also thanked the matron and her colleagues for looking after the children and the other Good Samaritans such as Higher Life Foundation, Zesa Holdings and the Lions Club who came in to help.

Mai Duri, who has released four albums to date since her debut in 2008 titled Sanganai naJehovha, is now working on her fifth project titled Mwari Rudo (God is Love).

“I am working on my fifth album and hope to release it early next year. It is titled Mwari Rudo and on the title track, I featured Bob Nyabinde,” she said.

“The message comes from the Word of God. My music actually is about Godly love and unity through the Holy Spirit.”

Karoi resident Innocent Ngwaru urged the local community to help their children’s home and ensure that no child lives on the streets.

In 2012, Mai Duri did, the track Tinaye Mwari Weminana, whose video was played frequently on ZTV. Last month she released two single tracks titled Mwari Havadi and the collabo Kutenda Kusina Mabasa Kwakafa.

Besides singing, Mai Duri is self-employed and rears chickens in addition to producing her own brand of peanut butter.

She is married with four children and seven grandchildren. One of her sons, Arthur, summed up the basis of their visit by saying faith involves life change.

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