Sum­mer Gospel Fes­ti­val beck­ons

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

MEM­BERS of pop­u­lar South African choral group Joy­ous Cel­e­bra­tion will on Satur­day head­line the in­au­gu­ral Sum­mer Gospel Fes­ti­val at Le­hakoe Re­cre­ation Cen­tre in Maseru.

The show is the brain­child of Brayk­thru Me­dia and Slash Events, with spon­sor­ship from Le­sotho Post Bank and Data Deal Se­cu­rity.

The mu­sic ex­trav­a­ganza is set to be­come an an­nual event.

Seven artistes from pop­u­lar South African Gospel out­fit, Joy­ous Cel­e­bra­tion, namely, Andiswa Mbantsa, Zofo Nh­lanhla, Mercy Man­qele, Xolly Mcwango, Ayanda Shange, Sbu­siso Mthembu and Vuyelwa Oke are ex­pected to per­form at the event. They will share the stage with lo­cal acts in­clud­ing the likes of Te­hilla Africa, Makoanyane Nt­lama, Tšepo Kheren­chane, Yadah Praise Fam­ily and Oa­sis Praise Fam­ily.

Brayk­thru Me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tive Bene­dict “Benny B” Mokhatla this week told the Week­ender that the aim was to host the big­gest gospel show to give ex­po­sure to lo­cal acts.

“We have so many tal­ented lo­cal mu­si­cians that need to be heard by peo­ple ca­pa­ble of help­ing them flourish,” Mokhatla said, adding, “Mas­sive shows like this can at­tract prom­i­nent fig­ures that can help achieve that goal.

He said they had cho­sen lo­cal acts on the ba­sis of their “hard work and po­ten­tial of go­ing places”.

The multi-award win­ning Joy­ous Cel­e­bra­tion choir was formed in 1994 and has re­leased 20 al­bums to date.

It is seen as a per­fect plat­form for groom­ing solo South African artistes as from time to time, the founders (Lin­de­lani Mkhize, Jabu Hlong­wane and Mthunzi Namba) change mem­bers to of­fer oth­ers the same plat­form and ex­po­sure. The choir has 35 mem­bers.

“Joy­ous Cel­e­bra­tion is one of the groups whose hard work has been wit­nessed through­out the en­tire world with its other mem­bers also mak­ing names for them­selves as solo artists,” Mokhatla said.

“We be­lieve lo­cal acts will be able to learn a thing or two from shar­ing the stage with them.

“The other rea­son is that the group has never been in Le­sotho although it is loved by many. We could only bring a few mem­bers this time but the aim is to host the whole choir at the se­cond edi­tion next year,” he said.

Event co­or­di­na­tor Peter Ma­hase said the fes­ti­val tes­ti­fied to the growth of the coun- try’s Christian en­ter­tain­ment scene with shows at­tract­ing well es­tab­lished acts.

“This event will be a mas­sive wor­ship and praise cel­e­bra­tion that Le­sotho has ever seen.

“It is the first time our Moun­tain King­dom will host a great num­ber of mem­bers of such a pro­found and well-known gospel group,” Ma­hase said.

andiswa Mbantsa.

sibu­siso Mthembu.

ayanda shange.

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