WITH Free to Worship concerts selling out and packing arenas over three consecutive years, there has been a longing to see the group live by many overseas fans according to production manager Tawanda Sarireni.
Sarireni said the group will this year embark on a tour of the US adding fans can expect to hear the thumping of the bass guitar, the synchronized harmonies in the pianos, heart piercing saxophone, vibrant drums and the flawless voices that make Free to Worship popular with diverse audiences.
“With the current hit Rumbidzwayi Ishe led by Dumi Mhlabi causing holy havoc, US gospel music fans will be treated to the best African praise music.
“Free to Worship has also managed to clasp and retain their biblical roots, which makes the worship concerts sincere and moving. Free to Worship delivers in being family friendly, energetic and a good night for the whole family,” he said.
Sarireni said, this will mark the first of many international performances by the UK-based, predominantly Zimbabwean gospel group, sponsored by Forward in Faith Ministries International.
The group’s 2013 live recording of Free to Worship 3 album, featured US based singing sensation, Shingisai Suluma, who created a buzz as she wowed the audiences with her rendition of ‘‘Maitiro Enyu’’.
Free to Worship is rated one of the best gospel groups to emerge out of the UK-Zim talent pool.
This third instalment, Free To Worship 3, contains an eclectic mix of sounds, ranging from familiar gospel tones to contemporary English, Shona and Ndebele sounds and whilst successfully dabbling with traditional grooves.
The immaculately presented 30-strong team puts on a stellar performance, professionally executed with honey rich vocals and a hugely talented band that proves Zimbabwean musicians are possibly the best that Africa has to offer.
The group, according to Sarireni, has united worship leaders, gospel singers and instrumentalists from many churches, including some group members who are reside in the USA.
The Free to Worship sound is a distinct breath of fresh air that is altering the gospel music landscape in Zimbabwe and the diaspora.
Obert Mazivisa’s tune on the Album ‘Meso’ is catchy and uplifting, and leaves audiences wanting more.
Dumi Mhlabi, a newcomer to the group also leads ‘Rumbidzwayi’ a quick favourite with audiences for its innovative lyrics and high octane energy.Advertisement
The Free To Worship 3 album delivers, and raises the bar very high in the process, leaving you with that fuzzy feel good feeling of being proud to be Zimbabwean.