Harare, Zimbabwe – US music megastar and contemporary gospel icon Kirk Franklin is scheduled to perform in Zimbabwe early December. The multi-award winning artist coming to Harare, courtesey of Ireland’s premier Gospel resource BB Music & Gospel Music Ireland. The musician who launch his 11th album, “Hello Fear” in March is set to wow Zimbabwean music lovers with brand of funky and inspiring gospel rhythms.
“Kirk Franklin will bring the full live experience of 12 albums and huge hits for one night only for the very first time ever in Zimbabwe. The worlds biggest selling urban gospel artist is sure to fill HICC in Harare with annointed praise and worship. Kirk gives his everything at each event. It will be entertaining but very refreshing only the way gospel music can be,” said Brenda Mcloughlin, one of the show’s promoters.
Since 1992 Kirk Franklin has helped bring Gospel music into the mainstream winning seven Grammies, 9 Dove Awards, 4 Stellar Awards, 2 BET Awards and 1 American Music Award.
The gospel recording giant’s music has been an inspiration to a new generation of performers across the globe. His success reflects the growth in interest and participation in Gospel music, through the explosion of Gospel choirs across Ireland, many of whom perform his work. As a mainstream artist, Kirk is well known outside of the Gospel heartland, with hits like ‘Lovely Day’ – his hip hop take on the Bill Withers classic – and ‘You Can Lean on Me’, with Mary J. Blige, Bono and Crystal Lewis.
“On the one hand, Kirk Franklin’s Concert in The Harare International Conference Centre is a long overdue visit from one of America’s biggest contemporary hip hop artists, on the other hand it’s the most talked about Gospel Event ever to take place in Harare, bringing together people from all walks of life, from every corner of the country,” read a statement from the show organizers.
“The guy is walking revival. Like everywhere he has been for the first time people talk about it for a longtime. If you there you will never ever forget the experience. Jesus will be glorified. For those involved testimonies will flow. It’s not easy doing a Kirk event for the first time but when you do it’s ground breaking.”