SOUTH African gospel musician Canaan Nyathi is due to perform as part of the Spirit of Praise Zimbabwe tour later this month.
Nyathi said that it was an honour to be part of the tour and that Zimbabwe is his country.
The Spirit of Praise group will be performing at The Hippodrome in Harare along with Benjamin Dube, Dumi Mkokstad, Omega, Mmtema, Mpumi Mtsweni, Takie Ndou, Ayanda Nyanzi, Everton Mlalazi and Sindi Ntombela.
“I am over the moon, Zimbabwe is my country and I am excited that the Spirit of Praise finally agreed for the first time to come to Zimbabwe.
“For the first time, it’s an exciting experience, it feels like they have recognised me because I am part of the tour. I feel honoured and they are the biggest top two groups in SA, if not number one.
“It’s a big thing, an amazing feeling that out of all the countries who enquired about them in Africa, they decided to come to Zimbabwe with me.
“I feel like I am honoured and loved, our country is the best in the continent.
“Spirit of Praise is an A-game in Southern Africa; everyone knows they are doing well. They are number one throughout the year on the charts. They do not disappoint, they have ministers and they are top of the range,” said Nyathi.
The singer said it was going to be a massive praise and worship celebration.
“To the Zimbabwean fans, I am going to be doing Shona and some old songs which we used to do a long time ago. I am bringing that energy they know and people will go down in praise.”
Meanwhile, organisers said that it is all running to schedule and that the tour is meant to bring the presence of God to African worship.
“They have chosen to work with artists that they have engaged before like Everton Mlalazi, who is currently basking in the limelight of hit song Apo Mambo.
“Zimbabwe and South Africa are one, it’s just the borders that separate us and this show is meant to bring the presence of God through African worship,” said Rumbidzai Matinanga on behalf of the organisers.
“This is the very first Spirit of Praise show in Zimbabwe, but artists such as Bishop Benjamin Dube are no strangers to the Zimbabwe fans known for hit songs such as Ngiyakuthanda and El Shaddai with Spirit of Praise.
“Fans should expect a night of worship. November culturally is known to be a month that no good thing happens, no celebrations.
“However, Spirit of Praise featuring Everton Mlalazi and Worship therapy will shut November with worship.”
She said Lincoln Kapswara and his wife Nkosi will be the MCs.