19 February 2019
. . . ‘Uniform has a secret to success’
RISING musician Obert Chari has vowed to continue wearing his church’s uniform when performing in night clubs, despite recent the criticism.
Questions were raised after videos of the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) member performing in pubs circulated on social media.
While some believe it is being disrespectful to the Nehemiah Mutendi led church’s regalia, Chari thinks otherwise.
The Harikeni Stars leader, who rose to fame with his song Mebo, told H-Metro yesterday the uniform has become his official regalia and it is serving a purpose.
“I don’t think I will be bothered by that. I am actually serving a purpose with that and I can say that has become my official regalia to use during live shows,” said Chari.
He had a commendable performance when he shared the stage with Alick Macheso at Legends Sports Diner in Marondera donning the green regalia and badges of ZCC.
Chari, along with his band members, set the house ablaze with their energetic dances, a trademark for ZCC members.
Chari believes his bishop – Nehemiah – would be a happy man if he sees him performing in night clubs.
“Even Bishop Mutendi would be happy because I am reaching to places where he can’t go. So inasmuch as I am looking for money, I am taking ZCC to those places,” he said.
The Ngoma Yemugidhi singer said the uniform has also a significant purpose in his career, which he declined to reveal.
“I will have to wear because it has something so important for me. It’s not only about wearing it.
“My band will be wearing badges as well when we perform on the stage, it’s significant to me and the band and the church at large,” said Chari.
Ironically, Chari’s hit song Mebo lyrics discourage members of ZCC to go partying and stick to church functions.
He sings, “Kwedu hatiendi kudhanzi toenda kumugidhi, ndongokuda wakadaro Mebo . . .”
Chari believes those unmistakable dances his team showcases on stage can inspire others to join his church.
The gospel musician also believes his music touches much on people’s social lives, inspired by his bishop Mutendi who teaches on that subject.
Meanwhile, Chari has hailed the response he is getting during live shows saying it has given him strength to continue staging shows around the country.
He said he now needs to work on his discography to sustain him on stage.