By Style Reporter
Local gospel musician Tatenda Mahachi last weekend gave a vintage act when he performed at one of South Africa’s biggest music concerts, the AfriGospel Unite Festival, in Durban.
The singer, who is riding high following the recent release of his single titled Victory, was in a class of his own when he shared the stage with South African gospel legends, including Rebecca Malope.
Notable top gospel acts on the night also included Lebo Skgobela, Thina Zungu and Hlengiwe Mhlaba.
It was Mahachi’s third performance south of the Limpopo River since the death of his friend in Christ, S’fiso Ncwane, who passed away in 2016. The Zimbabwean
artiste had formed a formidable partnership with the late Ncwane following their collaboration of the song Ndinoda Jesu/Ngiyamuthanda UJesu.
This is not the first time that Mahachi has been invited to perform at the popular annual event, which has been on the cruise for the past five years, as he has twice graced the festival, and in the process endeared himself with the fans there.
Last year the award-winning artiste gave another scintillating performance that spiced up the Kings Outreach Ministry International all-night crusade also held
However, he said last week’s show was more engaging and one of the most followed gospel festivals in South Africa.
“It was awesome and the hall was full to capacity. I took to the stage around midnight and negotiated my way up to the stage as some fans jostled to have selfies with me and others even took videos and photos as I performed,” he said.
“South African fans are amazing people who simply loved every Shona song I sang. I took them down memory lane when I performed Ndisiye, Usacheme, Naye Jesu, and Ndinoda Jesu, the song I did wth Sfiso Ncwane
“However, it was the new song Victory which sent fans into a frenzy as they endorsed it from the moment I started playing it. The crowd was brilliantly singing along Victory and it was amazing.”
Mahachi said it was an emotional moment as he performed at the first festival in the absence of Ncwane.