THE 2013 edition of the Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa) will stage a gospel show dubbed Songs of Inspiration featuring the Harlem, New York-based Songs of Solomon (SOS) choir under the musical directorship of Pastor Chantel Wright.
The show will see the visiting choir combining with a 70-strong choir of local choristers for an inspiring Sunday evening of heartfelt gospel music.
A thriving part of the Harlem music community, SOS has collaborated with the group Earth Wind and Fire, Carol King, Elton John, Kelly Clarkson and Aretha Franklin, touring the United States and abroad, winning numerous competitions and serving in churches from their Harlem base.
Under the inspirational guidance of SOS’s charismatic director Wright, a group of New York singers will collaborate with 50 young Zimbabwean gospel singers in an intense workshop period to prepare this special concert of classic and contemporary gospel and spiritually uplifting songs.
The Zimbabwean ensemble is led by Kundisai Mtero and Billy St John.
The concert will feature a band made up of musicians from Harare and New York, as well as special guests. The show will be presented by the US Embassy, Harare in association with Old Mutual on Old Mutual Day, Sunday May 5.
It will feature the finest American and Zimbabwean gospel music in this inspirational family event on Telecel Main Stage.
Hifa will run from April 30 to May 5 and ticket sales have already begun at Arundel Village, Avondale Shopping Centre and Harare Gardens.