BULAWAYO – South African artiste Lebo Sekgobela delighted gospel lovers at the My Zimbabwe gospel concert held on Saturday at the Large City Hall in the City of Kings.
Lebo, well-known for the hit Lion of Judah, on which she sang in English Sotho and Shona, performed in the City of Kings at a concert organised by Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (Wild).
The concert, which was free for those who had registered to vote, was organised by Wild as part of efforts to encourage Zimbabwean Christians to take part in the harmonised elections which President Emmerson Mnangagwa says will take place within the next five months.
Not surprisingly, hundreds showed up for the show where many other City of Kings residents took the opportunity to register as voters.
When the celebrated South African artiste took to the stage, gospel fans were overly overwhelmed with joy with many of them screaming and scrambling to shake hands with Lebo.
Lebo seemed to be enjoying herself too as she constantly invited fans to come and join her on stage.
The highlight of the concert was when she collaborated with Takesure Zamar Ncube to sing the Zimbabwean gospel star’s hit song Agere Pachigaro making the passionate crowd wild with excitement.
Lebo said Zimbabweans should not despair because signs on the ground “point to a brighter future.”
“We are already seeing the financial freedom and an economic growth in this country don’t get tired, because He (God) lives,” she said.
The South African star shared the stage with local acts which included Lorraine Maplanka Stot, Mai Mwamuka, Women of Valour, Dunamis Men, Gospel Unplugged, Vocal Ex and Zamar Ncube.
Wild public relations officer Bridgette Ndlovu told the Daily News that they were pleased with the outcome of the concert as many people had registered to vote.
“The concert helped improve women’s participation in electoral processes, especially Christians who often lag behind when it comes to actively participating in such processes,” Ndlovu said.
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) commissioner Sibongile Ndlovu commended Wild for coming up with an innovative voter education drive.