The Zimpraise gospel outfit is in the United Kingdom for their maiden tour of the country, their first ever performance outside Zimbabwe.

The first stop of the two-show Sungano/Covenant Tour was held in Birmingham at the Champions Church last Saturday and will be followed by a date in Luton at the Dunstable Conference Centre on November 9.

Birmingham proved that quality gospel music remains hugely popular and that ZimPraise are an undoubted force to reckon after they packed Champions Church Theatre to capacity.

Pastor Gee, Tembelami and other supporting artists kept the audience on their feet all night as the Sungano outfit pelted unrivalled lyrical outpourings of gospel tunes.

The power, the energy, vocal excellence and Wellington Kwenda’s moves as he directed the choir was a marvel to watch, witness and be part of. The audience demanded for more at the close of the show and the signature track Sungano was an apt closing gesture for a successful show.

Speaking after the Birmingham show, ZimPraise Founder and CEO Joseph Madziyire said: “Today I acknowledge his favour for what he has made Zimpraise today.

“I have been to the UK several times with different artists and I know it’s not easy to fill up a venue with a capacity of over 1200 seats especially when just doing music and ministering; the gig was sold out and this is not in the metaphoric sense.

“I want to thank everyone who came not because you are Zimpraise fans but you all are Jesus’ fans and I hope we brought something worth more than just music to the ears.”

The thirty-strong group arrived in the UK on a high last Thursday following the success of their super-hit track Sungano which is currently dominating the charts in Zimbabwe.

“Sungano has seen itself on the top radio charts as well as local rallies, wedding, parties and church gatherings,” said Public Relations Officer, Tendai Zhou.

Pastor G and upcoming gospel star Tembalami “Praise” Tagwirei’s tour brings huge relief to Zimbabwean music followers and worshippers based in the UK following numerous last minute cancellations of shows in the past month.

ZimPraise was formed in 2006 and has effectively created a unified melody in Zimbabwe through song and worship through its creation of the gospel flavoured melting pot.

Music producer Macdonald “Macdee” Chidavaenzi was instrumental in the formation of the popular and energetic musical outfit now well known for its explosive praise and worship music.

Besides recording six videos, ZimPraise have just released thirty five tracks to keep worshippers spiritually uplifted.

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