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Gwanda International Gospel Festival: Transcending Excellence

From the brilliant and vivid jubilee ensembles to the totally amazing singing, the Fourth edition of the Gwanda International Gospel Festival oozed a free abundance of the presence of God.

A gospel fete of unparalleled standards, Phelandaba Stadium got to erupt once again as it showcased the best of voices from both sides of the Limpopo.

This year was a special one – as the Gwanda International Gospel Festival was for the first time broadcast on the national broadcaster to millions of Zimbabweans.

ZBC TV audience was given a glitzy welcome with a mini fireworks display as soon as the show went live. But a huge firework display awaited at the end of the Friday edition.

BigTime Group CEO and festival sponsor and founder Mr Justice Maphosa gave a brief history of the inspiration behind Gwanda International Gospel Festival and what it personally meant to him.

An audience soaked in special music

The way the stadium erupts each time a new act is introduced to the stage, one would think Gwanda is the birthplace of Gospel Music.

Performing acts such as Indosaka, Great Praise Melodies, Hybrid Psalms, BICC Jahunda In Praise, Matsepo Mohlala, Omega and Neyi skilfully interwove a fascinating blend of African gospel.

But it was the main performer Dr Tumi whose act drove the multitudes on a smooth enjoyable spiritual journey.

Dr Tumi

The music originated from the heart, his voice reached to the ends of the packed stadium as he took us to church.

His performance together with that of previous acts was befitting of a gospel festival celebrating its fourth existence in Zimbabwe.

The night’s performance was capped with a colourful fireworks display. The bright explosions of light, colour and sound together with the shape of the fireworks bursts went up Phelandaba Stadium and could be seen from a far distance.

The fireworks display

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