HARARE – Hundreds of gospel music fans went home disappointed after South African gospel star Lundi Tyamara failed to turn up for a scheduled gospel show in the Harare Gardens on Saturday.
Only a pared-down backing group of the South African star showed up and played four short songs before calling it quits.
Lundi’s stand-in — one of the South Africa Music Awards (Sama) and Kora award winner’s backing vocalists — pleaded with the fans not to walk away in disappointment.
“Am sorry our boss (Lundi) is not here. He faced some travel problems but please support us,” was all she could say.
Beauty James, the director of Beauty Africa Promotions who organised the botched show, was not available after the show to explain Lundi’s non-appearance.
Lundi’s no-show on Saturday is the second consecutive time the controversial South African gospel star has failed to fulfil a show in Harare.
Last year the Mphefumulo Wami singer was reportedly deported because the organisers of the Kingdom Praise Family Gospel Show had not secured his work permit in advance.
The Mina Ngithemb’ uJesu hit-maker’s disappointing non-appearance put a damper on a gospel show in which local gospel artistes impressed.
As they have done without fail throughout this year, ZimPraise delivered once more a well-choreographed show full of verve and energy.
The Sungano singers, perhaps the biggest and best choral group in Zimbabwe, showed why they have suddenly become the favourites of many gospel fans.
Not to be outdone was Mathias Mhere whose stock has risen dramatically since he released the blockbuster album Anoita Minana.
The hugely popular Favour singer put up a sterling presentation in which he performed his popular hits much to the delight of his followers.
Mhere also played a couple of tracks off his forthcoming album titled Mwari Wenyasha.
The 25-year-old gospel star will release the highly-anticipated eight-track album at the Harare International Conference Centre on October 26.
The few songs Mhere played from the forthcoming album suggest another scorcher.