Reigning district and conference music champions Cranborne MUMC Choir rose to the occasion on the grandest stage as they put up a class act at the 19th session of the Zimbabwe East Annual Conference held on Sunday at Old Mutare Mission.
The choir was at the session for the first time on invitation and put paid to their growing reputation as a force to reckon with a performance that even left the resident Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa in awe and asking for more.
The choir opened the act with Baba Muri Rudo which was warmly received in the congregation.
It was the hit song Mumwe Ariko Pamusoro, otherwise fondly referred to as “Anotida” that got the conference on its feet.
The song invited a passionate message from the Bishop before he conducted the ordination proceedings as the choir laced the song with a farewell message to the Bishop, presiding over his final session before he retires next year.
“Haikonai kuzodaro. Vakomana imi musazodaro,” quipped the Bishop drawing cheers from the crowd, further adding that the song moved him and the kind of spirit and the feel in it must transcend into the church.
As the adage in Shona goes, Dzokororo ine simba mukubata kwayo, Bishop Nhiwatiwa personally asked the choir to repeat the song as he closed out the session in a celebratory mood.
The choir presented a copy of their album Jesu Anotida to the outgoing Bishop.
The closing song Kurunzirwa Misi Yese closed off the session as the choir sang also in tribute to the late conference Connectional Ministries Director Reverend Duncan Charwadza who passed away on Wednesday and was laid to rest on Saturday at his rural village in Rowa.
Resident Pastor In Charge Reverend Dr Gift Machinga later send a message hailing the choir’s performance at the session.
“Greetings to you good people. This is to inform you that I am receiving very positive feedback regarding your first class performance at the just ended Annual Conference. You are a blessing to Cranborne, HED, and entire conference. We are proud of you, and wish you all the best in your endeavours,” said Rev Machinga.
The choir returned home at 8pm met with heavy rains in the capital, capping what was a successful year for the organisation.

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