ZimPraise Choir in Action
ZimPraise Choir is a popular contemporary gospel musical group based in Harare that has dominated scenes in the arts and music arena. The musical group is led by Joseph Madziyire. ZimPraise is an interdenominational praise and worship group made up of Christian musicians from different backgrounds and denominations. It was founded in 2006 initially under the tutelage of a popular producer Macdonald Macdee Chidavaenzi, Garikai Ndanga and Joseph Madziyire.
Evolution and Development
ZimPraise is led by Joseph Madziyire, son to Dr Aspher Madziyire the President of Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe (A.F.M) Church who is also a pastor at A.F.M Grace Centre in Bulawayo Zimbabwe. In 2010 Joseph Madziyire, familiar to many in the music industry came back from Australia where he was studying Creative Arts majoring in Music and Film. He had always had a passion for music and had a dream of setting up a music group that was going to become the pace setters of music excellence with special emphasis on gospel music. During that year Joseph was appointed chief executive officer of ZimPraise after its registration and formal inception by the ZimPraise Trustees namely Macdonald Chidavaenzi and Garikai Ndanga. His appointment as CEO saw the intensifying of the ZimPraise Choir during the preparation and planning of the 3rd season Live DVD.
ZimPraise as an interdenominational Praise and Worship group of passionate Christian musicians has incorporated different backgrounds and denominations that have joined in union to make one massive Praise and Worship Music team. The aim of uniting the Nations through music for God’s glory is what gave birth to ZimPraise in October 2006. The praise and worship depicts and clearly shows a truly Zimbabwean and Christian choir. The choir has in the past ministered in various schools, universities, and churches. ZimPraise has reached out to the Zimbabwean Community at large.
The fusion of different musicians from different backgrounds brings nothing but dynamism and diversity to the music. The dominant genre which is common among ZimPraise songs is the contemporary gospel taste. In addition to that there are also some traits of Sungura, R and B, Hip Hop and the traditional Mapostori music present i the ZimPraise gospel music.
The team together managed to also do a few social responsibility activities like visiting Mavhuradonha High School in Mashonaland Central province, Nyatsime College and Bonda Girls High in Manicaland. On Saturday 19 July 20124, the ZimPraise choir embarked on a massive clean up campaign in which they cleaned the popular Copacabana rank on the heart of Harare's Central Business District.
Albums and Recordings
The most popular of all ZimPraise songs is arguably the Sungano hit. The song was performed live during the 2013 DVD launch at the Harare International Conference Centre and the packed auditorium explored into a frenzy of excitement.
- 2007 Audio CD Season 1
- 2008 Season 2 Audio CD
- 2011 Season 3 Live DVD Launch
- 2012 Season 4 Live DVD Launch
- 2013 Season 5 Live DVD Launch At most of their live DVD launches, ZimPraise has collaborated with numerous local and foreign based Zimbabwean gospel musicians to add diversity to their music. These include their regular partners such as Sabastan Magacha, Blessing Shumba, Mathias Mhere, Mechanic Manyeruke, Comfort Manyame, Charles Charamba among others.
Major Shows Held
- United Kingdom Tour - 2013
- United States of America Tour - 2013
- United States of America Tour - 2014
- Canada Tour - 2014.
Popular Musician Mechanic Manyeruke With ZimPraise
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