RIS­ING STAR Sbu spreads the gospel

He says gospel mu­sic helps him to con­nect with God

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Vin­cent Phahlane

IWANTTO SPREAD THE MES­SAGE OF HOPE

SBU BANDA (33), from Mkhuhlu Town­ship in Mpumalanga, is mak­ing waves on the gospel mu­sic scene. He uses his singing tal­ent to con­nect with God and spread the gospel. He re­cently re­leased his first-ever gospel de­but al­bum ti­tled, Pen­te­cost Move, and he is happy that the al­bum has been well-re­ceived.

SINGING AT THE AGE OF 10

Sbu grew up in a Chris­tian and mu­si­cal fam­ily. His father bought him a piano at the age of four and lit­tle did he know that he would one day be­come a gospel mu­si­cian.

“From a very young age, I was well-known in the com­mu­nity for the mu­sic I made. I didn’t even know that peo­ple saw me as a celebrity, I just wanted to get my mu­sic out there for peo­ple to en­joy,” he says.

At the age of 10, Sbu recorded two al­bums but un­for­tu­nately, they never made it to the mu­sic store shelves.

WORK­ING WITH A LEG­END

Sbu has worked with the gospel gi­ant, Pas­tor Ben­jamin Dube, on his de­but al­bum. He says work­ing with Pas­tor Ben­jamin Dube was an over­whelm­ing but ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It was such an hon­our. Pas­tor Ben­jamin Dube has taught me about be­ing hum­ble, work­ing hard and putting my trust in God in ev­ery­thing I do. He also taught me the do’s and don’ts of the gospel mu­sic in­dus­try. He is my men­tor and I have so much re­spect for him,” he says.

SPREAD­ING THE MES­SAGE OF HOPE

Sbu’s al­bum ap­peals to peo­ple from all walks of life and age groups.

“With all the neg­a­tiv­ity sur­round­ing us, I want to spread the mes­sage of hope. I want peo­ple to know that there is al­ways hope even when Satan is try­ing to do ev­ery­thing to de­stroy the world. Peo­ple need to hear the word of God and be en­cour­aged to live a holy life,” he says. “As a Chris­tian, I have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to give out pos­i­tive mes­sages and show peo­ple that Jesus loves us all.”

THE NEXT AL­BUM

Sbu says he has learnt a lot and ex­plored the idea of us­ing dif­fer­ent in­dige­nous lan­guages on the al­bum he is cur­rently work­ing on. The singer plans to re­lease the al­bum in Easter next year. “I’m work­ing with other gospel artists on the al­bum but un­for­tunal­tely I can’t re­veal their names at the mo­ment. But I’m happy with what we have done so far. The mu­sic sounds amaz­ing,” says Sbu.

He en­courges gospel singers to have a re­la­tion­ship with God so that they are able to lead peo­ple in prayer and wor­ship. “Fast­ing is also very im­por­tant to pu­rify your­self and con­nect with God,” he says.

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