From trial to triumph
The gospel artist shares how discovering his passion saved him from life,s problems
HAILING from Sekhukhune, Limpopo, is energetic gospel star, Lucas Maloma, who spent decades entertaining villagers, but today he is making waves all over the country. The artist says through music he found healing and now he’s spreading the gospel.
RISING TO STARDOM
Lucas started performing at a young age, he was part of his school’s choir and church choir. As he got older and saw how people responded to his music, Lucas took on paying gigs. His father’s death evoked the courage and passion to perform for the masses, and he started performing at weddings.
“My mother couldn’t make ends meet. There were the seven of us at home, including my mother, and we relied on friends, relatives and church members for food. This prompted me to put more effort in the pursuit of my musical talent,” he says.
STANDING THE TEST OF TIME
The artist was determined to change his family’s situation, and didn’t just focus on music, but also his academics. He worked hard and his dedication paid off, he managed to pay for his varsity fees.
He pursued a three year degree in accounting at the University of Limpopo. Varsity life didn’t derail Lucas; he remained focused and never repeated a module. But due to financial constraits, Lucas could no longer pay tuition fees and had to drop out during his last year. He spent a year focusing on his music. “My musical gift saved me. I remember performing at a wedding and the couple got so touched that they wanted to know more about me. They learnt all about my financial mishaps and they settled my outstanding fees.” All the hard work paid off and Lucas graduated at the age of 27. He’s now a married father of two and his life experiences are now his testimony.
He has two jobs, he works as a deputy director at the Risk Management Unit under the Provincial Treasury, a government entity that monitors provincial finances, and he uses some money from his salary to finance his music career.
Lucas couldn’t decide on which genre of music to follow, but says he chose to mend broken hearts through music, and that is when he decided to sing gospel. The gospel artist shares that he grew up in a God fearing home, and that his grandfather was a bishop at an apostolic church. The musician says he was called to minister at the church through music.
“I was born to make music. Running away from it would be like running away from myself. This is not talent, but it’s a calling,” the singer says. The artist is a proud Pedi man and sings in his home language. The gospel singer says most of his songs are in Sepedi, and that alone is a disadvantage.
“Entering the market is a challenge because the Pedi market is quite small and that is limiting in terms of reaching a bigger audience.” The singer is currently not signed under any record label. His latest serving, Praise
Revival follows Melodi, and both are self-funded.