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musical2By Ranganai Dzotizei

Hosts Hatfield MUMC made territorial advantage count twice as they ensured a clean sweep of top honours at the Harare East District MUMC Music festivals held on Saturday. They will lead the Harare East Choirs to ZEAC MUMC Festivals on Saturday 8 October. ZWAC Festivals will be on 15 October at Murewa Mission.
The hosts shrugged competition from 17 more circuits including defending champions Cranborne to pip them to the coveted crown.

A devotion by Connectional Ministries Director Reverend Oscar Mukahanana set the tone for the festivals, highlighting the need for the MUMC to go and preach the Word in character and through the theme of the day – music.

Once all the pleasantries had been done, it was down to the business of the day with five tickets available to equivalent entries to the Conference festivals at Chisipite on Saturday.
Surely, the music preached the gospel, pregnant with meaning and much needed choreography and it made for great viewing for the packed crowd.

The hosts picked the 14th ballot and roared by an appreciative home crowd never disappointed.
Their own choice Mumwe Ariko Kumusoro and the set piece Jesu Mutitungamirire were delivered with finesse, too good the adjudicators resolved this was the best of the lot for 2016.
The result ignited wild celebrations from the host circuit, under the stewardship of Reverend Maxwell Chambara, ending Cranborne’s reign.

Hatfield’s triumph meant that they, along with Cranborne, have won the festivals in the last six years, Cranborne having won four times.

Joining the two choirs into the conference festivals were three surprise packets in Msasa Park, Zimre Park and DomboraMwari.

This represents a new renaissance in MUMC music as the young circuits have worked their way to outwit the established order and these results will be met with much grace as a sign of a district developing musically.
Msasa Park improved on a sixth place finish last year to finish third whilst Zimre Park consolidated on last year’s performance to book their ticket to Chisipite, laced with a second place finish in the own choice.
It is the Cindrella story of DomboraMwari that deserves absolute praise as the circuit has indeed announced their arrival into the music dormitory in 2016 with a splash.

The MUMC Choir followed up on the exploits of the RRW Choir that reached the Area music festivals and they will be one of five Harare East representatives on Saturday, making for some sensational piece of history making.
Ruwa was voted the Most Improved Choir whilst there were prizes for the Best Lead Vocalist in both own choice and set piece categories respectively with Hatfield fiery chorister Mr Muchemwa scooping the Best Lead Vocalist(Own Choice) whilst Mr Misheck Mukumire was the Best Lead Vocalist in the set piece song.
All attention now is fixed on the Zimbabwe East Annual Conference MUMC Music festivals on Saturday at Chisipite.

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