By Edward Makuzva
There is a reason why around the world the ghetto, rural, mining and farming areas always produce the best talent and the people are not ashamed to perform, its unlike affluent suburbs where everybody tries hard to maintain status.
The first edition of the Ginde Festival hosted by FARAI TV ended on a high note, Saturday which was held at New Highfield Methodist Church in Zimbabwe.
In an interview with this publication, Founder and Director of FARAI TV, Farai Madzvimbo said Ginde festival being the first of its kind was a huge success in all areas the participants were all fired up to praise God in the best way they know.
Madzvimbo added that the competition provide a very good atmosphere of praising God and all the participants gave stella performances the level of originality from participants was phenomenal and we are grateful to God for that.
“Honestly speaking we did not anticipate to have such a big crowd coming through the venue to witness the event we are still shocked by the numbers and the church was filled with people which made the atmosphere was very electric.
“I’m glad the groups performed to the expectations of the crowd.
“We promise that this is going that this is going to be an annual event and next year by God’s grace it going to be bigger than this year”, Madzvimbo explained.
The show was facilitated by ZiFM radio personality Jojo and co-host MC Nash.
Madzvimbo said FARAI TV currently they are working with churches and doing consultancy on a number of projects that will be announced in due course.
FARAI TV is a televangelism platform that is strongly rooted on Christ being the saviour and master of lives.
Founding and Director highlighted that the Ginde festival its main objective is to make Christ know through such events like the Ginde festival, we are interdenominational platform that works with any church or Christian based organisation.
He said the event was aimed to provide a platform for Gospel musical Groups that use traditional instruments and Accapela.
“We strive on creating a platform where Christians can find comfort and where non-believers can also see the goodness of the Lord hence our tag line is all to Christ inspired by Matthew 28:19 Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holly Sprit.
“For it to be more fun we decide to make it a competition which would run for 3 rounds with groups being given the same amount of time to showcase their skill and praising God at the same time”, Madzvimbo added.
The festival was graced by esteemed guests who were carefully chosen because of their musical experience as artists, producers and musical academics.
The esteemed guests are Clive Mono Mukundu a renowned music producer, Mai Chibgape a musician with Vabati Vevhangeri and a pastor and Thulani Zwana a music teacher and director of the heavenly Praise Chorus who are the reigning champions of the Old Mutual National Choir Festival.
A total of 12 groups participated at the Ginde Festival which are Kutenda Moyo, Sounds of Heaven, Girls of Transformation, Dovaredenga, Devine Souls, End Time, Voice of Integrity, Tsuridzashe, Zvirevo Zvedenga, Sustained Voices Choir, Mount Sinai and Servants of God.
The winning groups are 1.Zvirevo Zvedenga from Kwekwe, 2. Tsuradzaishe from Harare and 3. Sustained Voices from Harare.
First place Zvirevo Zvedenga walk away with $ USD 100-00, a recording contract and uniforms.
Second place $ USD 100-00 and uniforms.
Third place walkaway with uniforms.