MUMBA MWANSA, Lusaka
REGARDLESS of the strong winds blowing in the faces of the enthusiastic worshippers that gathered at Hotel Intercontinental in Lusaka last Friday evening, their hearts were set and yearning to experience the presence of God through praise and worship.
The concert, which was themed â€˜Sing Again Worship Experienceâ€™, attracted South African Idols 2013 winner Khaya Mthethwa with support from local artistes Manase, Carmine, Abel Chungu, Tasha, Aaron Kaleshi, Ephraim, Racheal Nanyangwe-Kabeba and the event organiser Penjani Ngâ€™uni.
Zambia Association of Musicians president Njoya Tee said the association has been constituted to propel for the betterment of all musicians, be it gospel or circular, hence it will ensure this is achieved.
Njoya said he was delighted to see the former SA Idols winner performing in Zambia but also wondered why Idols was no longer conducted in Zambia.
â€œThe association is interested to know why we have only had Idols twice in Zambia and they have not been back since then. We are working on engaging Idols back as we have good talent in this country,â€ he said.
Manase (formerly MKV) was the first artiste to perform as he praised the Lord with his tracks Heâ€™s alive, Favour – which motivated the audience to dance – and Chikondi chanu mbuye, before he concluded with I need you more, where Manase proclaims how much he needs God in his life.
Upcoming artiste Carmine was equally a marvel as she sang Hello tomorrow and Ba mushilo before stepping down for award-winning artiste Abel Chungu, who worshipped God in the company of Tasha, on the songs For His love and Yaweh muli bakulu.
Before the main worshipper Khaya was ushered onto the stage, Penjani, Racheal and Ephraim also praised and glorified the Lord in such a style that could have made the flood gates of heaven open and welcome all the worshippers present.
Penjani emphasised that God shall always bless Zambia despite all the challenges being faced.
â€œI only have one citizenship. Zambia is my country and it shall be well. What God has proclaimed shall surely come to pass because this is Zambiaâ€™s time. The nation will sing and sing again,â€ proclaimed 29-year-old concert organiser Penjani.
And finally, Khaya performed his How do you love? Coming out of hiding, Malibongwe (a Zulu track), Pour off yourself and When we worship you, among others.
â€œI love Zambia and together, let us praise God like never before… I am a pastorâ€™s kid but I have been through thick and thin. However, God has made me who I am today because of His love,â€ encouraged Khaya.
MUMBA MWANSA, Lusaka