A JOYOUS CELEBRATION
More than three were gathered in His name at Carnival City’s Big Top Arena for the live DVD recording of Gospel Goes Classical recently. Nompumelelo Magagula and Mpumelelo Buthelezi were among them
Gospel musician Nduduzo Matse made Swaziland proud last weekend at Carnival City’s Big Top Arena during his performance in the fifth annual live DVD recording of Gospel Goes Classical.
Matse was among the musicians invited to perform at this year’s event, themed Africa Worship.
He and his brother, Lungelo, brought great energy on stage with their praise and worship songs.
The On Your Marks hitmaker had fans flying the Swaziland flag high, literally.
Everyone got off their seats to dance to his award-winning hit Gelekece.
Afterwards people couldn’t stop congratulating him on his great performance.
“Now the show is over, we can all go home,” said a fan after Matse’s performance.
Matse said it always made him happy to get such a great response after a performance.
“I will take all the glory that people give me and give it back to God because it is not mine.
“Remaining humble helps me because I am just a vessel that God uses.
“It is important that as a minister you stay relevant. It keeps us going; it encourages us because there is a lot we go through,” said Matse.
The band, with some help from the Alabama Symphony Orchestra from the US, was on fire. Its performance was most exquisite.
Sabu Satsha, one of the drummers, had people drooling over his skills and he received a lot of compliments backstage. Supporters couldn’t get past one another fast enough to take selfies with him, while the Classical Worship Choir women just wanted to take off their heels and give their feet a break.
Seasoned worshipper Hlengiwe Ntombela Mthethwa and husband Siyanqoba Mthethwa deserve a round of applause for the great job they did with the choir and the band.
South Africa’s Ntokozo Mbambo, Michael David and Taki Ndou shared the stage with Nigerian singer Yvonne May, Joe Mettle from Ghana and US gospel singer VaShawn Mitchell.
Before the artists went on stage Dlophe Records honoured songwriter Lucky Radebe – the original writer and composer of You are Alpha And Omega – with a portrait of himself by artist Thandazani Ndlovu.
Opening for the big names were Tshepo Price with his much-loved single Yamkela Indvumiso, followed by Witbank’s Lebohang Kgapola and Keneilwe Hope.
It sure was a joyous celebration.
MAN OF GOD Nduduzo Matse
CONNECTING WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT Attendees sing along to a worship song
FROM THE SOUL Tshepo Price
DANCE FOR THE LORD VaShawn Mitchell
SHOWING SOME LOVE Fans hold up a poster for VaShawn
SEASONED WORSHIPPER Ntokozo Mbambo graces the audience with a lovely performance
ON SONG A double-bass cello player from the Alabama Symphony Orchestra