shamu webster 121210.jpgThe Zimbabwe Council of Musicians patron, who is also the Minister of Media, Information and Publicity, Cde Webster Shamu has called upon choral musicians to assist in uniting the church to avoid squabbles which cause divisions.

 

Reports of churches splitting due to disagreements among worshippers have been on the increase in the country of late and this has compromised the religious, spiritual and moral authority of the church.

Speaking at the Annual Zimbabwe Mass Choral Festival in Harare, Cde Shamu said musicians should worship to re-instill the biblical principles of love and forgiveness to mend the moral fabric of the church.

“When ever we sing, let us sing about love and forgiveness, let us have peace in churches,” Cde Shamu said.

choir.jpgThe Annual Zimbabwe Mass Choral Festival drew at least 16 choirs, which battled for honours while exhibiting their musical prowess.
The initiative is aimed at improving the standards of local choirs as well as grooming emerging artists to become more established.

Coordinator of the event, Mr Stanley Dhlakama said the standard of local choral music is very high and the genre is moving to even higher levels with the use of musical instruments which has brought diversity.

“They [choral musicians] are really impressive. Musical equipment, which is now available, has actually transformed the industry and the musicians’s are improving,” said Mr Dhlakama.

Choirs were drawn from several churches including traditional and Pentecostal denominations.

Other dignitaries, who graced this year’s choral music festival, include the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Dr Stephen Mahere, as well as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cde Joey Bimha.