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

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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

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