The curtain finally came down this Sunday at the 5th edition of the Gwanda international gospel festival, with local artists putting up top class performances which have become synonymous with the annual event.

The Gwanda international gospel festival has become one of the biggest events in the entertainment calendar and this year’s edition did not disappoint.

A line up of both upcoming and seasoned gospel artists from both Zimbabwe and South Africa satisfied the musical tastes of the young as well as the old.

Among those who put up polished performances was crowd favourite Mathais Mhere, Harvest Music Super Choir, Takesure Zama Ncube, Mkhululi Bhebhe and South Africa’s Shongwe who closed the three day festival with a bang.

The artists thanked their fans for the unwavering support, promising to continue working hard to produce quality music.

“This is my third time performing in Gwanda and the energy has been absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to come back next year” said Mathias Mhere

“it’s always great to come to home town and perform before familiar faces . I want to encourage Zimbabweans to continue praying for our beautiful country, it shall be well,” said Takesure Zama.

Gospel lovers who turned out for the festival said the event provides them an opportunity to come together to praise and worship God.

“We would like to thank the sponsor and the organisers of this prestigious event as it has put Gwanda on the map . But most importantly people from different denominations gather to give praise to God,” said Ms Ndlovu

“ the coming together of artists from the two counties goes to show that as Africans we are one and we should love each other “ said Mr Dube

Other artists who kept the crowd on their toes include South African music guru Sipho Makhabane, Motsepo Mohlala and saxophonist Denzel, among others.

Meanwhile, the event brought brisk business to the normally quiet town, with most hotels and lodges recording 100 percent occupancy during the past few days.