Hypocrisy or Conviction? Zimbabwean gospel musicians face backlash for Maverick City Concert cancellations

Hypocrisy or Conviction? Zimbabwean gospel musicians face backlash for Maverick City Concert cancellations

There is a significant debate brewing in Zimbabwe’s music industry. Several musicians have canceled their performances at the upcoming Maverick City concert, citing concerns that the group’s performance at the BET Awards was demonic.

However, this stance raises questions about consistency and integrity.

The star-studded lineup included some of Zimbabwe’s most talented local acts that included musician Tembalami teaming up with the vibrant choral group The Unveiled, South African-based worshiper Takesure Zamar will also grace the stage. Joyfull Praise Choir have not made any announcements as yet.

“Afternoon fam:We would like to officially announce that @tembalami and the unveiled will no longer be performing at the Maverick City x Kirk Franklin Kingdom World Tour. We were so looking forward to worshiping with you. Gore rino is our year. Blessings” announced Tembalami

These same musicians and their fans often associate with pastors who have been accused of corruption and human rights abuses. This inconsistency raises the question: why are they comfortable performing at events hosted by these controversial figures but not at the Maverick City concert?

“Due to unforeseen circumstances Takesure Zamar Ncube and the Worship Addicts will no longer participate in the upcoming Maverick City tour to Zimbabwe as earlier advertised. We thank you for your continued support. God bless you.” said Takesure

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It appears that these musicians might be following trends rather than making independent decisions. They seem to avoid taking a stand on pressing issues like economic hardships but are quick to align with popular opinion when it comes to Maverick City. If the Holy Spirit indeed guided them to pull out of the concert, one might wonder if they sought the same guidance before initially agreeing to perform.

Musicians need to be honest with themselves and their fans. Claiming to be apolitical while supporting religious leaders with clear political agendas is contradictory. Instead of judging Maverick City, perhaps they should focus on praying for them rather than condemning them simply because it is the popular stance. After all, those who have received salvation should be more compassionate and less judgmental. As John 8:7 says, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone.”

Chiedza Mukucha

Chiedza Mukucha is a digital media and marketing Intern at My Afrika Magazine with 2 years experience and a mandate to help with changing the narratives of Zimbabweans and Africans at large, in its history and current affairs. Presently, it seems the African story is told and altered by third parties, and it is our injuction as African storytellers to document real-time and factual stories to increase our digital print as a collective. Chiedza is also an avid African literature reader and researcher. chiedzamukucha@gmail.com X (twitter): @Chiedza_RM

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