Admire Kasi is a Zimbabwean gospel music producer and promoter who rose to prominence when he launched the first gospel festival in Zimbabwe, Nguva Yakwana Gospel Concert.
Admire Kasi is an charismatic preacher and the founder of Upper Room International Ministries, a Pentecostal ministry in the United Kingdom. He started evangelism in the late 80s with Ezekiel Guti before forming his ministry in 2006.
Admire Kasi started Ezekiel Guti Evangelical Association (EGEA) Gospel Train band in 1994 which worked with Ezekiel Guti during EGEA crusades around Zimbabwe, the band included notable artists Ivy Kombo, Elizabeth Manyowa, Carol Mujokoro, Jackie Madondo and guitarist Mono Mukundu. He then established Gospel Train Records in the late 90s which was one of the first gospel music record labels in Zimbabwe.
Admire Kasi started Nguva Yakwana Gospel Concert in 1999 and established its first festival in 2000 in the Harare Gardens, the event featured top gospel artists from around Southern Africa mostly South Africa. After the fist two events in the Harare Gardens, the festival moved to the Harare International Conference Center which had more capacity to contain the crowd who attended the event annually. In 2003 the show faced some criticism from Christian reporters who thought the show tolerated some foreign morals from what the Christian community in Zimbabwe was used to at that time. Kasi's concert became on of the first gospel music events to bring international artist who performed at the concert including Rebecca Malope, Thembinkozi Booi, Vuyo Mokoena, Lundi Tyamara and Buhle Nhlangulela. Zimbabwean artists like Mai Patai, Evelyn Mhanga and Toggy Chivaviro had their break though the concert in the early 2000s.
Nguva Yakwana Gospel Concert
Nguva Yakwana Gospel Concert is a gospel music event that was launched in 2000 by Admire Kasi. The event was held annually from 2000 to 2006 when Kasi relocated to the UK, the concert took a break then reemerged in 2019 when he visited Zimbabwe with Ivy Kombo who is the show organiser. The 2020 and 2021 editions could not be done because of COVID19 regulation.
|Nguva Yakwana Gospel Concert|
|Location(s)||Harare International Conference Center, Zimbabwe|
|Years active||1999, 2000–2019, will recommence in 2022|
|Founded by||Admire Kasi|
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- Nguva Yakwana Part 1, 2000
- Nguva Yakwana Part 2, 2001
- Nguva Yakwana Explosion, 2002
- Nguva Yakwana Festival, 2003
- Nguva Yakwana Festival, 2004
- Nguva Yakwana Festival, 2005
- Nguva Yakwana Festival, 2006
- Nguva Yakwana Reloaded 2019
Studies on the Zimbabwean gospel music industry which includes the impact of Nguva Yakwana Gospel Concert shows that were created by Admire Kasi.
- Pentecostal Gospel Music in Zimbabwe
- Survival Dynamics and Zimbabwe Music Industry
- Gospel Music in Zimbabwe, University of Pretoria
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- "Manyowa back from sabbatical". The Standard. Mar 4, 2018. Retrieved Aug 18, 2021.
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- Mail, The Sunday. "Malope falls for zim". The Sunday Mail.
- Herald, The. "Thembinkosi rekindles romance with Zim fans". The Herald.
- "Mai Patai's sad journey to fame . . . Dropped out of school after parents' divorce . . . Married at 16 to escape poverty". The Herald.
- Herald, The. "'Arts is a family affair'". The Herald.
- Herald, The. "Pastor Chivaviro releases DVD". The Herald.
- "Nguvayakwana gospel festival set for return". Youth Village Zimbabwe. March 26, 2019.
- Chikwanha, Thelma (17 July 2003). "Zimbabwe: Fanfare Rocks Nguva Yakwana Show". Financial Gazette. Harare – via allafrica.com.
- "Zimbabwe: All Set for Nguva Yakwana Gospel Music Concert". The Herald. Harare. 3 June 2004 – via allafrica.com.
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