WHILE most musical groups have faltered due to the Covid-19 pandemic it is, however, a different story for a Bulawayo-based gospel outfit, Vocal Extraordinaire (Vocal Ex) which has managed to pick up the pieces and continue with their musical journey.
Speaking at the launch of their second album titled “Sbonga ‘sqedi”, derived from the gratitude they have as they celebrate their successes as a choir, founder and director of Vocal Ex, Thembelani Mdlaziba said although the coronavirus pandemic found them burning through their savings and struggling to make ends meet, they managed to successfully launch their second album
“Financial obstacles and re-assembling members after the Covid-19 induced lockdown were some of our biggest challenges. But with help from well-wishers like Pastor Tamibvima, we were able to come up with a new album and we are grateful.
“It seems the lockdown was a blessing in disguise as it also gave us the opportunity to re-invent ourselves and polish up our act,” said Mdlaziba.
The gospel choir was part of the Janet Manyowa concert on 2 July and Everton Mlalazi homecoming concert which was held in May this year at ZITF.
They are going to take part in Zim Praise’s 15th anniversary concert, which features South Africa’s most celebrated choir, Joyous Celebration on 15 October at Glamis Arena in Harare.
“We hope that all these concerts will help us to reach new heights in our personal relationship with Christ. I am very certain that 2023 is going to be a fruitful year for us as a choir,” said Mdlaziba.