HARARE – South African gospel diva Rebecca Malope came to Harare and conquered although the crowd turnout was not high, a development attributed to the low winter temperatures.
The 48-year-old musician was the main act at a concert dubbed “Gospel Divas” featuring several other local female gospel musicians.
Braving the chilly weather on Saturday at the Harare Gardens, Malope and her band gave a good performance which had the crowd on their feet and calling for more.
In one of her emotional songs, Malope played a special dedication to women who have experienced miscarriages.
She also spoke out against xenophobia, doing a rendition of Bob Marley’s One Love.
“We are one as Africa; we are all brothers and sisters. Why xenophobia, why fight against each other?” she said.
The concert ended up with all gospel divas taking to the stage and singing Don’t Let me Die and she was presented with a plaque by Barbara Chikosi (Mama Red Rose) in honour of her celebrating 30 years in the music industry.
Malope has 35 music albums to her name and some of her popular songs include Mandilive, Uthando Lwami, Ngiyamazi Lo Jesu, Ngibemuhle Nami, Ukuzenza to mention only a few.
Prior to Malope taking to the stage, local musicians including Olivia Charamba who was backed by the Fishers of Men band and Charles Charamba performed to the delight of the audience.
She performed songs including Rute, Africa, I Surrender and others.
Charamba proved to be the most popular with the audience among local acts, as people called for her to perform other songs after her scheduled time was up.
One surprising artiste who gave a killer performance was Ireen Tigere whose energy was contagious.
She kept the crowd on their feet, putting an end to doubts people had on the new name.
Olinda Marowa’s tiny frame could have fooled people, but when she opened her mouth, a powerful voice filled the arena.
She performed her popular songs including Ndinouya Baba and Hupenyu Hwangu.
Bethany Pasinawako-Ngolomi’s choreography showed that the female gospel musicians are still kicking it and they just need to be promoted more.
Other performances were by Joyce Simeti, Carol Mujokoro, Mercy Mutsvene, Jennifer Maneni, Agatha Murudzwa, Amanda Sagonda among others.
Alternative entertainment was offered to children as they were kept on their feet by a clown popularly known as Ajigija.
Jumping castles and face painting were the order of the day as the active children kept running around, defying the cold weather.