Paul Nyathi|THE 2019 edition of Gwanda Gospel Music Festival at Phelandaba Stadium in Gwanda, which ended early hours of Sunday morning literally saw the whole of Gwanda town residents and surrounding mining communities pack the stadium beyond its capacity.
Over 20 000 people packed the small Phelandaba Stadium to witness a moving ten hours of high class gospel music acts.
The annual free entry music concert courtesy of businessman Justice Maphosa was headlined by top South African acts.
The festival which was in its fifth edition ran under the theme “God is Speaking, Are You Listening?” and was headlined by South African duo Shongwe and the Khuphuka Saved Group and Sipho Makhabane.
They were joined by Denzel the Pianist (South Africa) and South Africa-based Gwanda born artiste Takesure Zamar as well as local acts Vocal Ex, Mathias Mhere, Indosakusa: The Morning Star, Mkhululi Bhebhe, Joyful Praise, Hybrid Sounds and Harvest Music Super Choir.
“The Gwanda Gospel Festival just gets bigger every time ” Big Time Strategic Group spokesperson Mthokozisi Dube told local media.
“We had a different line-up this year as we had Shongwe from Swaziland who the people of Gwanda love. This is the first time that we’re bringing a foreign act that isn’t South African.
“The festival should be an altar where Zimbabweans can go once a year to seek God. The nation will also get direction from God’s word. Zimbabwe finds itself in a difficult time and it’ll only take the voice of God to direct it out of it.”
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