HARARE – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s wife Elizabeth Macheka was among the high profile personalities who turned up for the weekend gospel concert by visiting star, Michael Whitaker Smith.
The gospel concert which took place at the Harare Gardens also saw Tsvangirai’s daughter, Vimbai and her husband Apostle Batsirai Java, A-Academy executive producer Gary Thompson and Zimbabwean popular gospel music duo — Baba and Amai Charamba in attendance.
So popular was the concert’s showcase that hundreds had turned up at the venue two hours before its commencement. When Smith was invited on stage to perform as the last but main act, the audience went wild with excitement with some even shedding tears and describing the event as a rare occasion.
“I cannot believe I am seeing this man, this is a lifetime moment, you do not just meet people like these. I will probably see him again in heaven,” one fan, Chipo Maposa said.
The 55-year-old took to the stage at around 8pm after Pastor Herman Chimusoro, the founder and director of Crossline Music and Video, the organisers that made the American musician’s tour to Zimbabwe possible.
Clad in black jeans, black shirt and white sneakers, Smith sat on his piano and mesmerised the audience with his sensational voice singing one of his popular songs “Open the eyes of my heart” that vividly changed the atmosphere as almost everyone got engrossed in worship.
The premier’s wife and her ‘daughter- in- law’, Vimbai were some of the buffs who were spiritually moved as they were seen raising their hands, a sign known to most Christians as surrendering oneself to the Lord.
The three time Grammy Award winner and said Zimbabwe was the last country for his Wonder, Worship and Glory World Tour.
“Wow, this is good, God is good, you guys are fired up and so am I, we are going to celebrate tonight, it’s going to be a big night, I have been to Brazil, Australia, Europe twice and then Zimbabwe, this is my last tour,” he told the cheering crowd.
“Can I make Zimbabwe my home? “I will never forget you, when I go back to America I am going to tell them what I experienced tonight, you guys are amazing, I will definitely come back here,” he said. He was on stage for one hour 30 minutes, hit fans with 24 songs including some from his latest album Aleluyah.
Michael Smith has amassed an impressive catalog of achievements. His 22 albums have garnered multiple honours including an American Music Award, 44 GMA Dove Awards and 33 No.1 Radio hits. Organisers of the show said the gospel musician will jet into the country again next year. Daily News