Gospel group aims for the sky

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

BUDDING en­sem­ble, Youth in Christ Fam­ily, has vowed to take gospel mu­sic by storm by telling the gospel of Je­sus Christ through song.

The Maseru-based out­fit was formed in Jan­uary this year with the aim of us­ing mu­sic to spread the gospel. Youth in Christ Fam­ily started off with six mem­bers from dif­fer­ent churches who have, over the months, grown to 18.

Ac­cord­ing to group mem­ber, Pheko Rafo­lat­sane, their sound is a fusion of a capella, wor­ship and praise hymns which they use to bring be­liev­ers in dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions closer to God.

“Our in­ten­tion is to be a lead­ing gospel group that will touch many lives. Ev­ery song we com­pose has a dif­fer­ent mes­sage to en­cour­age and up­lift peo­ple fac­ing dif­fer­ent chal­lenges,” he said.

“There are com­fort­ing and heal­ing songs while oth­ers are praise songs.”

Rafo­lat­sane said they had al­ready recorded eight tracks of their de­but al­bum that is sched­uled for re­lease in Oc­to­ber this year. Some of the tracks, such as Ke Sek­iloe Ke Jesu, Jesu U Inoele and Ka Hlahlathela are al­ready be­ing played on lo­cal ra­dio sta­tions.

He said mem­bers of the group also em­power each other with life skills.

“As a new kid on the block, we are cur­rently faced with fi­nan­cial chal­lenges, and there­fore can­not reach all our goals within a short time,” said Rafo­lat­sane.

“We are not just mem­bers of the group, but a fam­ily. So we also equip each other with life skills so we are bet­ter able to face the chal­lenges that come our way.

“Young peo­ple of­ten lose hope when they are be­set with chal­lenges, and there­fore turn away from Christ. We are hop­ing to come up with projects that will help us en­cour­age them not to de­spair, for the Lord will never for­sake or leave any­one.”

Youth in Christ Fam­ily.

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