RISING STAR Sbu spreads the gospel
He says gospel music helps him to connect with God
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.