WORLD acclaimed award-winning music group, Hillsong United, this week put up a larger than life performance at the Lusaka Showgrounds where thousands of Christian faithfuls braved the showering evening for four hours of praise and worship.

The K20,000-per-head show, initially scheduled to run from 18:00 hours to 20:00 hours, started around 19:00 hours and went on and on until a few minutes before mid-night, as fans kept shouting for more from the band that has distinguished itself as an all-encompassing gospel group.

The venue was filled to capacity with only small portions remaining at the far end of the field, where it was darker.

Literally, every available space was taken up, and just a few minutes after the start of the show, the VIP gate was closed and patrons that had initially bought the tickets in advance had to end up using the main arena gate.

During the show, the group belted several popular tunes such as Everyday, We look to You, Hosanna, and Amazing Grace.

The audience danced their lungs out, raised hands in adoration and bowed knees in worship as the song leaders churned out one tune after the other.

It was an all-inspiring night that did not need one to know the lyrics of the song in order to sing along.

Two huge plasma screens placed at the far end of the stage simultaneously showed the lyrics and live pictures of the concert proceedings as one worship leader after the other took to the stage.

The stage itself was magnificently befitting for this significant gospel musical concert that could not just seem to have quenched the thirst of the Zambian fans, who have over the years been fed on sub-standard shows without an option.

The stage, which was flown in and mounted a few days before the show, was as high as 15 metres with psychedelic lights flashing all over the field.

“This is the first concert of its kind. I have never seen such a professionally organised concert in Zambia,” commented a female fan as she looked lost in the mammoth crowd. “We have a long way to go before we can get to this level in Zambia.”

Earlier, gifted singers Ephraim Mutalange and Stanley Chipuma, had ably delivered a curtain-raiser that stirred the hunger of the people, and seemingly prepared the audience for the things to unfold later in the evening.

Information Minister Ronnie Shikapwasha, who graced the occasion, commended the organisers, Doxa Music, for bringing the international group in the country and assured that “Zambia will always remain a Christian Nation”.
Times of Zambia

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51 COMMENTS

  1. “The venue was filled to capacity with only small portions remaining at the far end of the field, where it was darker.”

    Akabwana ba kaReporter. Can you improve please?

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  2. Yaba. Calilila pa Zed, ifwe twapuswa!…ine kuno I’ll have to wait another 6 months before I can attend open-air concerts, at -4°C kuti wafwa. Ras rated how do you manage?

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  3. They were my favourite band when i was BA at the copperbelt university in Zambia and still love them though now like Petersen from Zambia, Nilabeko thupi yako, centre staff.

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  4. NA KUMBWA SANA,BOYS GIRLS,I CUD NOT MAKE IT…ANYWAY,I WILL BE KU MIMBULU BOYS 2NYT,NAIFWE CHALALILA…..MOZEGETAR N DANDY CRAZY’S NEW SINGO…(FWEBENE) CHORUS BY JOE BOY WAMUNYCE……….

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  5. Ala yali down, chalilila no size kulaunfwa fye umu ndowendowe uwalefuma mu equipment ba letela ilefwaikwa pa zed mwe. elo basa mu booowa shikapwaha ama christians ala chali wama sana.

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  6. #7 Man Nine Chale
    how you doing bro….?Weather here in helsiki has been together atleast since friday,trodding on a +4 today,chilling at my ka apartmanet as i had sum bigtym fun last nite,met on Finn girl that has been pa Zed and hmmmmmmmm…great tymz!!!
    Otherwise,i iam just waiting for the kick off of the english premier league,how i wish there was a Zambian playing too.
    Hillsong………..hmmm.
    Chale……..will hola @ you once i come to Germany for some holiday.

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  7. #5 Never heard of Hillsong? I have all their CDs/DVDs. Can send you some if you are ready to start a new life.

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  8. Best lights, sound equipment and tech setup in the history of the country. It all came from SA, but we should do the same soon. The bass was so strong it shook my internal organs — awesome.

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  9. That show was good, very good. That sound will come to zambia. we will work hard.
    we are Learning from others.

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  10. K20pin = about £3! RB fakako nzelu. Anyhow that aside us here are going to have a gig with Lionel Richie next weekend!

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  11. Iv neva see a well organised concert like that one , with world class instruments , thoz guys gat energy man am a reserved man bt cudnt resist jumpin along . Plz com bk again Hilsong .

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  12. I’m proud of you Zambians who attended the concert.Zambia will be blessed as this was a neutral gathering for all people with different political affiliations.

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  13. ORGANISERS OF CONCERTS SHUD LEARN SOMETHNG FRM DOXA. WEN U BRING INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS OSA DULISHA PLZ DONT MAKE EM XPENSIV HILSONG WS JST 20 AND MO PIPO CAME HENCE THEY STIL MADE MONEY UNLIKE U BRING PSQUARE U CHARGE 80PIN 30pipo in atendance THEY STAT PLAYIN AMA CDs . Bt i saw real live music only fo 20pin

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  14. #14 Ras Rated, yes man, pliz don’t hesitate to hola whenever you’re in Germany. It would be a great morale booster.

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  15. Please post some highlights of the concert on your tube. That’s encouraging and a big step forward. May the Lord’s name continue to be praised in Zambia,both in challenging and good moments. God bless Zambia. That’s what we need to hear, steps of progress.

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  16. ni chani mazee bantu?koma vimapolitics?Yes it rocked!!Jesus we thank for your presense in our lives.Hillsong,please come back…

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  17. THAT WAS WONDERFULL.WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE WE SHALL DO XPLOITS.

    THANK YOU JESUS FOR THE FREE LIFE YOU HAVE GIVEN US,ZAMBIA WILL LIVE TO WORSHIP YOU.AMEN

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  18. Wow, I have really admired the foregone chance. it is good that afetr all the problems we ve had through this year, zambians as usual led by Christians could come together once more in the presence of GOD giving worship and praise………to the almight. Diaspora, lets not stop praying for our country as well. Thankyou Jehovah God bcoz only decided that I be a Zambian………..We were all born for such a time to live and work in such a time and to bless others by pour works…………organisers of such should really appreciated. CONGRATES TO LUSAJO for your Marriege to Brenda.
    May God bless your marriege. J

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  19. Thax hillsongs for coming to Zambia, pls come back again.Thanks Marty ,Brooke fraser ,Joel and all.I love hillsong that iam upto date with your music.

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  20. it was very nice,they put up a wonderfull performance and i could not resist to dance.hope thay gonna back soon again

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  21. It was really an extraordinary night with extraordinary music, equipment, perfomances and results! may God be blessed. Zambia shall be saved.

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  22. I just read about it like on a Friday. There were no contact details, so didn’t know where to buy the ticket from and it slipped my mind. The next thing I heard was the show was like none other. Pity I missed. Back of my mind somehow tells me that I should have been there!

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  23. No. 5 and 6…time will tell and you will look back at your comments. I pray that the Holy spirit apprehend you In Jesus Name. you will testify. EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW AND EVERY TONGUE CONFESS THAT JESUS IS LORD. That includes you

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  24. it rocked. the show was cool. thanks doxa music thanks hillsong united.
    if you dont know the lord this is time you did its exciting and in my opinion more exciting in the kingdom than it is out there. Zambia is raising its standereds i know and next time we will persorm to such a standered and even better.
    God bless.

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  25. What a powerful concert that was!! Pliz people of zed lets learn somethingm from the Hillsong guys.. look at how many pipo who attende that concert!! Can u imagine that pipo just paid 20pin that concert?? Only 20 just to wacth infact live not tu ma CDs no0 but real muzic infact quality muzic. Plizz lets improve.. Hillsong guys thanks for comin to zambia hope to see u again..

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