From trial to tri­umph

The gospel artist shares how dis­cov­er­ing his pas­sion saved him from life,s prob­lems

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Palesa Mat­je­bele

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.

THE CALL­ING

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.

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