HARARE – Gospel musician Mercy Mutsvene, who was once accused of being a copycat of South African music star Rebecca Malope, will share the stage with the Ngiyamazi Lo Jesu singer at the Gospel Divas Concert set for the Harare Gardens on May 28.
Mutsvene, who was unwilling to say much on the matter, told the Daily News that she was looking forward to performing on the same stage with the celebrated South African star at the gig being promoted by Barbra Chikosi of Red Rose Promotions.
“I am still in the game and it is good to share the stage with sisi Rebecca and other local gospel artistes for a common purpose — singing for the Almighty,” she said.
The Handingabvumi hit-maker added that she has been lately promoting her music away from the capital city.
“Last week, I was performing in Mt Darwin. Apart from touring other areas in Zimbabwe.
“I have also performed beyond the country’s borders in Zambia and Australia among others,” said Mutsvene who has more than eight albums under her belt.
Mutsvene rose to national prominence in 2005 with the album Tiregerere but her biggest hit album was probably the 2006 Handingabvume which some critics claimed was a clone of the multi-award-winning 47-year-old South African star’s Mangingavumi.
Chikosi, better known in entertainment circles as Mama Red Rose, told the Daily News that she was delighted to be hosting the South African at the fifth edition of the Gospel Divas Concert.
“She (Malope) was last here in October 2009 for the Gospel Divas Concert again. This is my fifth time hosting the Gospel Divas Concert which celebrates female gospel artistes,” said Chikosi.
Chikosi, who jointly promoted Jamaican reggae star Chris Martin’s gig at the Glamis Arena in Harare last weekend, has called on Zimbabwean music fans to rally behind female musicians.
“I want to encourage people to come through and support the female musicians. This is a family show which will start in the morning — so it is actually a family day. People can bring their children and enjoy the day,” she said.
Malope, whose popular songs in the country include Look at me, Mandilive, Uthando Lwami, Ngiyamazi Lo Jesu, Ngibemuhle Nam, and Ukuzenza among others, will share the stage with local female gospel artistes such as Olivia Charamba, Bethen Pasinawako-Ngolomi, Sharon Manyonganise, Joyce Simeti, Amanda Sagonda, Hannah Chikosi, Olinda Marowa, and Talent Madiro.