LONDON: Gospel powerhouse Free to Worship (FTW) produced another stellar concert, with fans dubbing it the concert of the year.
The multi-talented group was in truly magnificent form, turning the Dominion Centre Theatre into a festive venue and achieving a passionate, powerful and smooth performance that created an irrefutable aural atmosphere.
The live concert, labelled Project Restoration, was mainly a showcase for their 5th DVD and audio album and also a testament that they were back for the long haul.
The set lasted just over 90 minutes with the crowd being mesmerized by a dozen songs both old and new. These included performances from longstanding member Dumi Ncube who dazzled the audience with his self-written song “Nzvee”, and a powerful rendition from the youngest member of the group Elizabeth Mhlanga.
More songs from the impending DVD and audio album included Nursel Mandiopera’s Praise Him and Vickie Storm’s powerful performances of Jesu Wami and Hero, where she was joined on stage by musician and former member of Free to Worship Farai Muvuti.
This year the choir had the privilege of being joined by celebrated Rwandan singer Ivan Kigenza who blessed an ecstatic audience with traditional Kinyarwanda songs and dance.
“The songs were a wonderful mix of tradition, soul, amazing musicianship and vocal ‘gymnastics’,” said Music Director Aaron Manasta.
“I am so proud of the team and what they accomplished, and I cannot wait for the fans to get a copy of the DVD and audio album which will be ready to purchase soon,” he added.
I am so proud of the team and what they accomplished … Aaron Manatsa