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Mkhululi Bhebhe to lead in worship at HICC

by Lifestyle Writer
25 May 2013 at 10:48hrs | Views
SOUTH AFRICA-BASED Zimbabwean gospel singer Mkhululi Bhebhe is expected to lead in song and dance at the two-day "Call To Worship Africa" concert which opened yesterday and ends tonight at the Harare International Conference Centre.

Mkhululi, who is well known for bringing the Zimbabwean music to the famed Joyous Celebration Choir, arrived in Harare on Friday to a warm welcome from his fans and family.

"It is always a pleasure to come home and perform. The reception and the welcome was great. It is the greatest feeling to come home and magnify the glory of God," he said.

He, however, said he would continue to worship God through songs and not from the pulpit.

"I am one of those people who do not want to find themselves in the wrong calling. I believe my calling is to sing and dance for the Lord that is what I know best," he said.

Mkhululi said people should expect to "worship in a mighty way jumping up and down as I minister the word of God through song and dance."

The gifted singer and Idols finalist left Zimbabwe in 2009 and immediately joined the Joyous Celebration, where he made an impact by introducing Zimbabwean songs to the choir.

"It was a humbling experience working with the choir and when I performed Shona songs they loved them. The choir provided me with the opportunity to launch my solo career which I am doing outside the choir.

"The choir itself is the biggest platform in Africa because its brings together people from different backgrounds and cultures. The good thing is I have grown musically and spiritually," he said.

Mkhululi started out with "Tambirai Jehovah" on Joyous Celebration Volume 15 then came "Ichokwadi" on Joyous Celebration Volume 16 and both tracks were instant hits.

According to Mkhululi the latest hit is called "Namata", a medley of three Shona choruses which was released this year around Easter. He said the success of the songs meant there was hunger for Zimbabwean music beyond our borders.

The two-day seminar will see other musicians such as Bongani Nhlabi, Tracy Ushe, Tatenda Machingura, Shuvai Mafuta and Kelvin Tapi taking part in the praise and worship Africa" 2013 will be a worship experience that is set to release the glory of God on Christians from different churches.

Now in its fifth year running "Call to Worship Africa" started out in Zimbabwe by then it was named "Call to Worship Zimbabwe". This year, the concert celebrate 50 years of African Unity. The choir which will perform tonight has been rehearsing for the past three months.

Pastor Philip Pike of Ebenezer World Outreach Ministries and one of the organisers said now it was time to usher in restoration.

"It is jubilee time. Call to worship started in Zimbabwe but now it has grown big to other African countries. Africa is no longer a Dark Continent there is revelation of Jesus and Zimbabwe is ascending with the continent to unite through the body of Christ.

For this reason, call to worship brings together people from all walks of life," he said.

Over 60 churches are set to participate in this year "Call to Worship Africa."

An offshoot of EWOM, "Call to Worship Zimbabwe" was established in 2008 as an annual inter-denominational event with the aim of preaching the gospel through praise and worship gathering of Christians across the country.

By 2009 the ministry's outreach programmes had more than 20 different churches participating in its annual praise and worship gatherings where different church leaders prayed for the country's prosperity.

From 2010 until this year "Call to Worship Zimbabwe" had grown in influence, a development, which led to the establishment of "Call to Worship Africa" that was launched last year at the Harare International Conference Centre.

According Pastor Charlotte, "Call to Worship Africa" 2013 will be a worship experience that is set to release the glory of God on Christians from different churches.

"This is a biblical trumpet blowing from all the four corners of the world, which calls upon Christians to glorify, edify and manifest the power of God to whom all glory and praise belongs," said Pastor Charlotte.

Source - herald