munyaradzi munodawafa.jpgLeading South African and Zimbabwean gospel artists are billed to perform this Saturday for a charity show. The show is meant to raise funds for the partially blind singer Munyaradzi Munodawafa who is set to leave the country for his second eye correction operation in the United States of America. 


Those who followed gospel music in the late 1990s will remember a young blind singer who went by the name Munyaradzi Munodawafa who was known for his two hit songs Mwari Vanoona and Shandisa Chipo Chako.


Many will remember a 7 year old boy who left many music fans calling for more with his keyboard playing skills on his video Mwari Vanoona.


With the help of some well wishers, in 2000 Munyaradzi left Zimbabwe for the United States for studies. While in the US Munodawafa underwent an eye operation. Though the operation was successful, there is need for him to return for a second and final operation as he is now partially blind.


Musicians from South Africa and Zimbabwe will get together this Saturday for a concert in the Harare Gardens to raise money for Munodawafa’s air ticket, visa and the operation.


“I wish to thank those who have come together to raise money for me since the time for the second operation is now overdue,” said Munodawafa.


Those billed to perform include Nigerian born and South African based Uche Chwuku Augostine Godstine of the hit song Double Double popularly known as My God is Good Oh, Lundi Tymara, Murehwa MUMC Vabvuwi, Noel Zembe, Kudzi Nyakudya, Rumbi Zvirikuzhe and Rev Togarepi Chivaviro, among others.


Reverend Chivaviro says he will sample some of his latest songs from his latest CD album, Nguva Yakanakisisa which he recorded with a number of artists from the region. He is now based in South Africa where he is also studying theology.


“I have traveled all the way from South Africa where I am still doing and studying to assist the youngman. The idea came to me after realising that Munyaradzi is a talented musician who needed all our support from all of us in the recording industry and I took it upon myself to invite South African gospel artists so that they could share their experiences with our own local music live on stage,”


Munyaradzi’s current album is entitled Zvinouraya and is set to get some rave reviews in the local music scene. The live gospel concert will kick off at 10 in the morning and will end around six in the evening.