Michael Magoronga,Midlands Correspondent
SEVERAL gospel artistes converged on the Zimbabwe College of Music in Harare last week where they held a gospel concert in honour of the late gospel gurus Brian Sibalo and Freedom Sengwayo.
Sibalo and Sengwayo, who were both members of the Apostolic Faith Church of Southern Africa, were arguably pioneers of gospel music in the country together with Baba Mechanic Manyeruke. Sibalo died in 1997 while Sengwayo, whose father the late Rev Morgan Sengwayo founded of the church in 1955, passed on a year later.
Organiser of the show, Providence Mugayi said the two late artistes deserve the honour as they were considered pioneers of gospel music in the country.
“We don’t want the legacy of these two artistes to die hence we came up with a concept whereby we remember them. These are two of the greatest of all time and this is a way we have decided to honour them. The show was really a success and we appreciate those who managed to attend,” he said.
He said plans are underway to make the show an annual event.
Daniel Sibalo and Missiondom Sengwayo, siblings of the two gospel gurus headlined the show. “We roped in Daniel who did his brother’s tracks and Missiondom who did Freedom’s songs. Unfortunately Seldom, sister to Freedom who is based in South Africa, could not make it to the show,” said Mugayi.
Other artistes who performed included Rosely Makamure, Milton Mukofera, Botswana based musician Justine Makomva, George Dube Nemuru of the ZRP band and the Manyame Brothers Band led by Mordecai and Otaniel who were once member of both Brian and Freedom’s band.