The Sunday Mail
FAST-RISING gospel singer Everton Mlalazi will this week perform in Johannesburg, South Africa, as part of The Vine tour.
Dubbed the “The Great Physician Tour”, the event will feature the Soweto Gospel Choir, Ntonkozo Mbambo, The Orchestra, Mahalia Buchanan and Mabongi Mabaso.
Some of the singers feature on The Vine musical group’s latest 12-track offering ‘The Great Physician’, which has literally set the gospel music scene ablaze.
Intriguing tracks on the album include “Inyang’ Enkulu”, which features the Soweto Gospel Choir; and “Imbirai Jehovah”, done in collaboration with Mabaso; “God Can”; “Ndimi Simba”; “Psalms 94” and the title track “The Great Physician”.
“This coming week, on September 30, The Vine hosts a concert at the Sandton Convention Centre. I will also perform as a solo artiste and will feature Bishop Benjamin Dube, Xolly Mncwango and Minister Mahendere,” revealed Mlalazi in an interview with The Sunday Mail Society.
“The collaborations we did with the South African artistes will make performing in Mzansi much easier. We expect fireworks at the concert, a night of worship and thanksgiving.”
The gifted singer has set in motion plans to spread his wings across the region and beyond.
He was recently invited to take part in the just-ended FNB WOW Festival in Lusaka, Zambia, where he delivered a pulsating performance.
His presence at the two-day festival, which was headlined by Travis Greene and Minister GUC, was felt as the singer swiftly proved a point or two on stage.
He was not there to make up numbers!
The singer’s social media accounts were ablaze during and after his act.
Zambian artistes who took part in the festival included Chileshe Bwalya, Mutale Kapaso and Abel Chungu.
Greene is an American gospel musician and pastor while Minister GUC is from Nigeria.
“Zambia was amazing. The hospitality for myself and my team was on steroids. The FNB WOW Fest was split into two days, a VIP experience for the captains of industry and professionals, then a family fun day and concert that was an outdoor experience for everyone,” said Mlalazi.
“My music was well-received. People sang along, even to Shona and Ndebele songs. The experience in Zambia included meeting with other artistes, particularly Greene.”
The soft-spoken and determined singer added that they intend to use tours to broaden their reach as well as create new synergies.
After Mzansi, “The Great Physician Tour” is expected to move to Namibia and Nigeria.
“We want to take the music to West Africa and the United States. There is a clear programme that we are following for the tour. But after our performance in Zambia, there have been a lot of enquiries, thus there is a possibility that we will be going back soon,” he added.
The Vine’s debut project “Musandipfuure” was released in 2018.
The group now boasts two albums, with plans to release a third effort soon.
“New doors continue to open for me and my group. Our work is growing with each passing day and we are learning a lot. I thank God for giving me the strength and opportunity to carry out his work.”
Early this year, The Vine’s live recording of the “The Great Physician”, which ran under the theme “Feel Africa”, was talk of the town after setting the bar high in showbiz.
The stage set up was world class while the act was vivacious.