We Will Wor­ship to min­is­ter in Maseru

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

A NIGHT of in­tense praise and sup­pli­ca­tion awaits Maseru gospel mu­sic lovers as South African group, We Will Wor­ship, is set to make its de­but per­for­mance on 29 May.

The con­cert, which is be­ing or­gan­ised by Pure Pas­sion Events, will be held at the Victory am­phithe­atre at Pi­o­neer Mall.

Speak­ing to the Week­ender this week from Jo­han­nes­burg, We Will Wor­ship manager, Langa Mbonambi, said they were look­ing for­ward to min­is­ter­ing in Le­sotho.

“It is al­ways great to visit dif­fer­ent places and glo­rify Je­sus while per­form­ing to to­tally new faces, so we are look­ing for­ward to the Le­sotho show,” said Mbonambi.

The 13-mem­ber Jo­han­nes­burg­based group has be­come syn­ony­mous with such songs as Mal­i­bongwe, Yah­weh and Bayethe, was formed in 2004.

Soon af­ter, how­ever, group mem­bers went their sep­a­rate ways fol­low­ing an ini­tial in­dif­fer­ent re­cep­tion from au­di­ences. In 2010, a rein­vented We Will Wor­ship was re­launched with their come­back con­cert in 2011 well-re­ceived by their grow­ing le­gion of fans.

The group’s de­but al­bum, The Move­ment Be­gin­ning, clinched the Best Ur­ban Gospel gong at the Metro awards and Best Group at the Crown Gospel Awards in 2012. Their sec­ond of­fer­ing, Yah­weh, which was re­leased the fol­low­ing year, es­tab­lished them as a per­ma­nent fea­ture on the gospel mu­sic land­scape.

Apart from South Africa, the group has also per­formed in Namibia and is also set to visit Botswana soon af­ter the Maseru show.

Ac­cord­ing to Mbonambi, their per­for­mances are unique from other artistes be­cause their ul­ti­mate ob­jec­tive is to wor­ship God.

“We do not just mount the stage to en­ter­tain peo­ple, but the in­ten­tion of our per­for­mances is to en­gage in gen­uine wor­ship,” he said.

“We of­ten un­der­take fast­ing ses­sions be­fore our shows to in­vite Je­sus into our midst.

“We are ac­tu­ally 12 in the group, but we con­sider Je­sus our 13th mem­ber as we can­not do any­thing with­out his pres­ence, just like a band which can­not per­form with­out its drum­mer or gui­tarist.”

The group is set to share the stage with the lo­cal con­tin­gent of The Dis­ci­ples and Pa­trick from TPSquared.

On their part, Pure Pas­sion Events, said their aim in or­gan­is­ing the show was to fur­ther the preach­ing of the Gospel and form syn­er­gies that would ben­e­fit lo­cal artistes.

“Pure Pas­sion con­sists of artistes need­ing ex­po­sure and by invit­ing We Will Wor­ship we hope to at­tract more artistes of their cal­i­bre as they are one of the most sought af­ter South African Gospel groups yet to visit Le­sotho,” said Phoka Matete, who is a mem­ber of the en­ter­tain­ment out­fit.

“We in­vite for­eign artistes to form net­works so that they can also in- vite us to their shows in South Africa which will give us the nec­es­sary ex­po­sure to per­form in other coun­tries.”

He added that their choos­ing the SA group was in­formed by the pref- er­ences of their fans.

“We had asked our fans on Face­book to tell us which acts they wanted to see this time around and most of them voted for We Will Wor­ship,” Matete said.

We Will Wor­ship to per­form in Maseru for the first time on 29 May 2015.

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