As part of their 40th anniversary celebrations the Blantyre Joint Choir was recently in Harare, Zimbabwe for a series of events that included live concerts.
During their three-day visit in Zimbabwe, the group participated and performed during a church service at Mbale CCAP and also took part in the golden jubilee of Rugare CCAP.
Linda Mwale, vice-chairperson of the group said the Zimbabwe was beneficial as the members mingled and shared experiences through singing and word of God.
“Our theme for the celebrations was ‘One in Christ’ and despite coming from different congregations in the name of Christ we are one as we all believe in Him.
“We celebrated together in the name of our Christ’s and became one through singing and preaching. Besides, we also shared our beliefs and learnt from one another as Malawians and Zimbabweans,” explained Mwale.
One of the group’s choir masters, Chandiwira Chiumia, said the group mesmerised the Zimbabweans with its assorted songs performed in Shona, English and Chichewa.
“Under Chichewa we showcased traditional songs such as Manganje and Ingoma for our Zimbabwean brothers and sisters to appreciate the Malawian culture,” said Chiumia.
The delegation to Zimbabwe had 26 members of the choir comprising 12 men and 14 women who made the trip out of about 80 members who form the Blantyre-based interdenominational choral group.
Blantyre Joint Choir comprises members from different churches started in 1977 with the purpose of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ through music.
Before going to Zimbabwe, the group held its main celebrations in Blantyre which took place on September 15 and 16.
Among others, the event included a celebratory dinner at the Blantyre Sports Club and an anniversary rally staged at Blantyre Baptist Church. n