Mathias Mhere stole the thunder at the fifth edition of the Open Heavens Gospel Crusade held at Harare Gardens on Saturday (photo: M Chibaya).

Mathias Mhere (photo: M Chibaya).

Rising and talented gospel artiste Mathias Mhere is expected to share the stage with South African gospel sensation Winnie Mashaba at a gospel show slated for the Harare Gardens on December 21.

Speaking to NewsDay, the Favour hit-maker said he was glad to be among the performers at the show and described his inclusion on the line-up as a milestone in his growing musical career.

“I am honoured to be sharing the stage with such a celebrated artiste, this is something that I will always cherish as a musician who plans to take his career to greater heights,” Mhere said.

 The pint-sized musician has been doing well on the local scene and has a record of mesmerising audiences leaving lasting impressions every time he performs.

Also expected to perform at the show are upcoming local artistes Letwin Chawira, Alfa Gatsi and Joel Maphosa.

“My fans should expect the best from me as usual as I promise to put up a scintillating classical performance which is of value for their money,” Mhere said.

The event coordinator, Jasper Shawarira, said all the logistics had been done and fans could expect a fun-filled show that would give a true run for their money.

 “The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe has approved this show and we have already been cleared by Zimbabwe Revenue Authority and Mashaba has already been granted her work permit in preparation for the show,” he said.

Mashaba is a well celebrated gospel diva in the Southern African region and has won several awards in South Africa for her contribution in the gospel genre and some of her albums include Go Tseba Jehovah released in 2010 and Modimo o NA LE NNA released in 2011.

At present, the musician is riding high with her 12th inspirational album titled Bophelo Ke Leeto.

Some of the hit songs that made Mashaba a household name include Menwana, Hakena Nako which won the One Gospel Best Song of the Year award in 2008, Phezulu, Ke Rata Wena and Rea Go Boka among others.

For more than a decade, Mashaba has proved she has the voice and the performing ability to stand head and shoulders above the rest.

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