Spirit of the Arts Blog

Book review: “Mother, the Destiny Connector” by Jaqcui Ndongwe

September 21, 2012 by Nyasha Chingono
Christian women have been inspired to aspire leadership positions in a book by Jaqcui Ndongwe. Her scintillating Christian book, Mother, the Destiny Connector, makes a unique approach in inspiring her protégées towards self-belief through the use of biblical teachings. Jacqui Ndongwe argues that, “Mothers have become known to be dependable leaders. ...

Mai Rwizi, a 1980s TV celebrity and.. a pastor

June 7, 2012
To those who worship at The New Gospel Church of God in Mbare and Banket in Mashonaland West Province, Susan Chenjerai (Mai Rwizi) is one of the many pastors who routinely read verses from the Bible. But to the majority of Zimbabweans, she is arguably one of the nation’s best ...

The twists and turns of Apostolic choral music

May 16, 2012 by Moses Chibaya
The new millennium saw the birth of a wave of Apostolic choral music which won the hearts of many at the expense of instrumental gospel. This era also marked the advent of uncountable choral groups which automatically led to the overshadowing of other gospel genres. Apostolic choral gospel music is a ...

Traditional dance, Apostolics and child development in Zimbabwe

April 30, 2012 by Moses Chibaya
Efforts to revive traditional dance in some areas of the country are being derailed by religious beliefs among some sections of the community whose values go against traditional practices. The trend has added on to the multitude of challenges threatening the survival of the traditional dance sector in Zimbabwe, chief among ...

New Shona hymn book from Life-lines

March 19, 2012 by Oskar Wermter SJ
reprinted with additions from IN TOUCH WITH CHURCH AND FAITH #169, a Jescom publication “Life-Lines”, well known for the productions of Catholic DVDs and CDs, especially of Zimbabwean liturgical music, is publishing a hymn book in Shona, Tinokutendai Mambo. Sister Tendai Makonese OP, director of “Life-Lines”, tells us that the new hymn book will have 1, ...

Sandra Ndebele: I go to church and I’m a Seventh Day Adventist

February 6, 2012
Some call her notorious. Some don’t mind her dance feats and fill up the venues like the Aquatic Complex in Chitungwiza where she shared the stage with Alick Macheso. In a recent interview with the Sunday Mail, Sandra Ndebele touched upon the topic of faith and mentioned several gospel projects in the pipeline. ...

Prominent Zimbabwean musicians that became part of Makandiwa’s Family

January 13, 2012
reprinted with additions from Newsday The year 2011 came and passed, and acclaimed prophet and miracle worker Emmanuel Makandiwa was undoubtedly one of the newsmakers of the year. With the news of his prophetic prowess spreading across the nation like veld fire and his church United Family International Ministries (UFIM) getting ...

Hymns help Christians to connect with the Creator through singing

January 3, 2012
reprinted with corrections and additions from The Herald (abridged version) Hymns are songs written by many different song writers from different backgrounds. A single hymn book may contain more than 400 hymns, which talk about a diverse range of Christian subjects. There are different hymn books and churches choose a hymn ...

Gospel album by Zionist “Abalandeli beBhomba” targets social issues

December 29, 2011
reprinted with additions from The Zimbabwean Last month, St. Peters Church in Zion of Zimbabwe released their first 12-track album entitled Hamba nathi nkosi under the leadership of Bishop KC Moyo. Bishop Moyo’s gospel group is known as Abalandeli beBhomba and their album is already enjoying airplay in South Africa. “We ...

Overview of gospel music in Zimbabwe

July 4, 2011 by Mandla Tshuma
Music is part and parcel of every nation’s identity as it carries with itself beliefs cultural values and norms of a nation. Zimbabwe is one of African nations that are rich in gospel music, reflective of the Southern African country’s identity as a predominantly Christian nation. Gospel music in Zimbabwe ...
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