By Ronald Nyoni in Hwange
St. Fidelis Mission choir from Sichili, Zambia under Livingstone Diocese graced St. John’s Mission Makwa in Zimbabwe’s Hwange Diocese to exchange notes on church music from 6 -10 December. The exchange visit was meant to revive Makwa parish’s waning musical zeal and participation in the liturgy as only few parishioners were interested in joining the choir.
Many songs were taught and will go a long way in sustaining the mission’s spiritual life. The Zambian choir taught Chewa hymns while they also benefited from some Nambia, Ndebele and other Shona songs. The Gloria and the Creed were among the juicy pieces of the exchange programme.
The 26-member delegation from Zambia comprised of 16 women and 10 men including youth and adults.
Makwa parish was facing a serious commitment decline by parishioners did not want to join the choir or participate in the liturgical celebrations like holy mass. It was after this experience that the assistant priest for Makwa Parish, Fr. Stanslaus Lumano invited the Zambian choir in an effort to revive and nurture the local choir’s passion for sacred music.