By Loren Dondo
Zimbabweans from all walks of life yesterday (Monday), broke the national fast in style as they followed the National Prayer Day Gospel Concert in a quest to fight Covid-19.
The memorable event reminded the nation to join hands in prayer for deliverance from the coronavirus pandemic which has affected millions of people.
Gospel artists lined up to perform at the gig, which was aired live on ZBC TV and the ZBC News Online Facebook page.
Family Voices, Mathias Mhere, Janet Manyowa, Pastor, and Amai Charamba were among the musicians who delivered powerful performances that received positive feedback from viewers.
One of the Facebook viewers commented, “We thank you, powerful and beautiful ministration, keep the fire burning.”
The National Prayer Day Gospel Concert is symbolic of hope, even when the world is going through a plague such as this.
As Zimbabwe reaches 387 COVID-19 positive cases, social distancing has changed how entertainment is provided.
Gone are the days when Zimbabweans had the luxury to attend a live concert.
Musicians are no longer able to have face-to-face interaction with their fans.
However, technology has served to keep musicians performing via live broadcasts on social media.
Although there was no present crowd at the Concert, due to social distancing measures, performers showed passion and enthusiasm to perform.
Among the performers, Family Voices delivered attention-grabbing acapella, called “Tinokutenda” (we thank you), featuring beat-boxing and hair-raising vocals.
The musical group with 6 band members had a stage presence that commanded respect from those who prefer gospel with a mixture of hip-hop and pop culture.
The creativity shown during the performances, including Pastor and Mai Charamba’s opening prayer followed by ethnical dance-moves, was the highlight of the concert.
The legendary couple who have been reigning in gospel music circles delivered a performance of their popular song, “Ndinochemera Jesu weNazareta” (I cry for Jesus of Nazareth).
Pastor and Mai Charamba might have brought back nostalgic memories to Zimbabweans who grew up listening to their music.
As Zimbabwe is still adapting to the limitations of the national lockdown, such as restriction of movement and lack of social gatherings, individuals have found ways to uplift themselves.
It is not easy to feel good when lives and jobs are being lost during the COVID-19 crisis.
The global pandemic is causing chaos but Zimbabweans have shown an effort for unity.
The National Prayer Day which was proclaimed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa might forever hold a special place in Zimbabwe, as a remembrance of a time where people united for a worthy cause.