SA gospel group vows to re­turn

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

SOUTH African gospel group, House of Hope To­tal Praise, say they were awed by the pos­i­tive re­sponse of Ba­sotho dur­ing their shows, adding that they were look­ing for­ward to their next Le­sotho per­for­mance in Oc­to­ber.

House of Hope To­tal Praise per­formed in Le­sotho on Fri­day and Satur­day at the House of Hope Church in Leribe and AME Hall in Maseru re­spec­tively.

Dur­ing their per­for­mance, in which they shared the stage with lo­cal group Yadah Praise Fam­ily, the Bloem­fontein-based en­sem­ble ser­e­naded their fans with such tracks as God You’re My God, I Have A Fa­ther, Ntate Ler­ato La hao.

Ac­cord­ing to House of Hope To­tal Praise founder, Pas­tor Jay Mokhethi, they had pre­vi­ously per­formed in Le­sotho.

“We first came to Le­sotho in 2014, but did not have much ex­pe­ri­ence since we were per­form­ing with a lot of groups,” he said.

“When Peter Ma­hase of Pure Pas­sion Events in Le­sotho in­vited us for a col­lab­o­ra­tive show, I could not re­sist be­cause we saw this as an op­por­tu­nity to give the group a broader ex­pe­ri­ence of Le­sotho and fur­ther ex­pand the fan base.”

Pas­tor Mokhethi said they were pleas­antly sur­prised by the au­di­ences’ re­sponses dur­ing their per­for­mance.

“We have been in Maseru be­fore, so we knew what to ex­pect. How­ever, the re­cep­tion we got in Leribe came as a sur­prise. Mem­bers of the crowd were al­ready danc­ing along to the songs while we were re­hears­ing and could not wait for the show to start which was pretty amaz­ing,” he said.

“Maseru did not dis­ap­point ei­ther, as they ex­ceeded our ex­pec­ta­tions. We had thought they would not come in large num­bers due to the chilly weather but they showed great sup­port. In sim­ple terms, peo­ple from Le­sotho know how to wor­ship God.”

“We thank God for our min­istry col­leagues, Yadah Praise Fam­ily, for pulling all the stops to be part of the shows. It was amaz­ing to share the stage with them be­cause they are a group of amaz­ing min­is­ters. May God in­crease grace and favour upon them go­ing for­ward.

Pas­tor Mokhethi also re­vealed that they would re­turn to Le­sotho for the an­nual Gospel Alive show on 1 Oc­to­ber.

“We have been in­vited to per­form at the Gospel Alive show by the or­gan­is­ers Afro Me­dia and can­not wait to wor­ship God with Le­sotho once again. We would like to ex­press our heart­felt and sin­cere grat­i­tude to all the peo­ple who came from near and far to sup­port both Leribe and Maseru ver­sion. It was in­deed a great ex­pe­ri­ence to be un­der one roof and mag­nify our God with them all,” he said..

House of Hope To­tal Praise gospel group.

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