Sophia Chese Arts Correspondent
Gospel musician Charles Charamba on Friday castigated the violence against foreigners that erupted in South Africa saying it is disgusting and must not be tolerated. The musician said this while performing alongside Michael Mahendere at Kingstones House in the capital. “It is very unfortunate that our relatives are being killed in South Africa and I am appealing to every Zimbabwean to pray against these demonic attacks,” he said before inviting Takesure Zamar, Michael Mahendere and other musicians to the stage for a prayer.
Soon after the prayer he played his hit “Buruka” and the song ushered the audience into a praying mood.
Clad in a black suit and a red shirt that matched with his wife’s red attire as it has become the norm, the musician gave a sterling performance.
Since it was a worship show, he played some of his worship songs including “Mufudzi Akanaka”, “Mutsvene”, “Moyo Wangu”, “Ndokunamatai Jesu”, and Mai Charamba’s “Kuponeswa kwangu” among others.
The main highlight of the show was when Mahendere joined the Fishers of Men on the song “Kuponeswa Kwangu” amid wild cheers from the crowd.
Charamba hailed United Family Interdenominational Church founder Emmanuel Makandiwa and Amos Mahendere for grooming Michael Mahendere to become the musician he is today.
“I am a witness of God’s grace in Michael’s life and when I look at him I salute the prophet of God, Amos Mahendere, Ambuya and Sekuru Mahendere for grooming Minister Mahendere to become the man of God he is today,” he said.
Pastor Charamba also called upon the people of Zimbabwe not to compare musicians.
“We have another minister of God’s work, Takesure Zamar here and I would like to take this opportunity to urge you people of God not to compare us musicians, we were called for different ministries,
“Zvakadanhirwa Peter handizvo zvakadanirwa John, Peter was called for a different task from John’s so let’s just respect that,” he said.
Mahendere who also gave a top notch performance when he belted some of his popular songs including “Makanaka Jesu”, hailed the Charambas and addressed them as “The Generals” in the ministry.
“These are the generals and there is no doubt about that they have preached the gospel through music for a long time now and they are continuing and I would like to salute them,” he said.