RISING Bulawayo Christian a cappella group, Family Voices, are set to be curtain raisers during the official launch of South African gospel ensemble Joyous Celebration’s 19th album next month as the local outfit’s popularity continues to reach dizzy heights.
Family Voices manager Emmanuel Chakuchichi told the Southern Eye that he was excited about how things were going this year saying God had been so good to them. Joyous Celebration director Lindelani Mkhize recently hinted the group would be invited to perform at the album launch in South Africa.
The launch and recording of the Joyous Celebration 19th live DVD is set for before Christmas in Johannesburg.
“We are yet to confirm everything, but hopefully the offer still stands,” said Chakuchichi, in reference to Mkhize’s invitation.
“Mkhize mentioned the issue of us being part of the joyous Celebration DVD launch this year and we are so honoured and excited about it.”
The Family Voices manager said God continued to open doors for the group, especially this year as it had the honour to perform during the broadcast of South Africa’s popular television soapie Muvhango.
The ensemble also managed to bring some members of the Muvhango cast to Zimbabwe.
Chakuchichi added: “Not only that, we had the privilege to release our debut album.”
Mkhize was not immediately available for comment.
But during the tour of Bulawayo a few months ago, when he was a judge during the Harvest House International Church concert dubbed “The Clash of the Choirs”, Mhizhe heaped praises on Family Voices, saying he admired Zimbabwean music and promised to help it improve to higher standards.
“I am amazed at how Zimbabweans can sing,” he said.
“This country is blessed with musicians who are good. I will make it a point that I dedicate myself to giving them a platform to perform at a much larger scale.”
Mkhize then mentioned that he was looking forward to working with Family Voice at Joyous Celebration’s DVD recording in December.
In the meantime, Family Voices has been busy doing preparations for the Region V Youth Games as well as the Ibumba Festival set for Bulawayo next month.