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Sunday World - - Holamzansi - Wem­bethe amandla JU­LIA MADI­BOGO

NEW gospel duo, Lebo n Sa­belo, are lift­ing spir­its ev­ery­where af­ter just a short time in the in­dus­try.

Fresh from pay­ing homage to their home church, Gods Love Chris­tian Fam­ily Church, with a free-two-man con­cert, the tal­ented duo feel they are ready to take on the world.

The pair, whose real names are Le­bo­gang Popela (28) and Sa­belo Fakude (26), says their suc­cess comes from sheer ded­i­ca­tion and hard work.

We are still new in the in­dus­try but that will not stop us from achiev­ing great things. We have been work­ing on the al­bum for years and have spent a lot of our own money to make sure this is a suc­cess, Popela says.

The Midrand-based duo, who still keep their nine-to-five jobs to fi­nance their pas­sion for mu­sic, says this year is their break-out year.

We have been ready for a long time, we be­lieve this is the year we are go­ing big we have prayed for it,” says Fakude.

The young pas­tors say they were sent to preach the gospel through their voices since Bi­ble val­ues were in­stalled in them very early on in life.

I grew up in the church as my par­ents are pas­tors. So for me there was noth­ing else to be sung, gospel was the way of life for me,” said Popela. For me, I would not want to sing any­thing else be­cause I want to change peo­ple s lives through my mu­sic. It s not just about singing but singing for a pur­pose,” Fakude adds. Theirs is a union that started with a friend­ship and then blos­somed to a mu­si­cal part­ner­ship that has since seen them tour around the coun­try and re­ceive an award nom­i­na­tion.

Af­ter the re­lease of their al­bum last year, Lebo n Sa­belo were nom­i­nated for an award in the best mu­sic cat­e­gory at the Bush­buck­ridge awards.

Soon af­ter that the pair were in de­mand mak­ing in­ter­view ap­pear­ances on tele­vi­sion talk­ing about their suc­cess­ful SEXY model Shashi Naidoo is wrin­kle-free, but says one can t be too com­pla­cent.

Speak­ing to Sun­day World at the un­veil­ing of Hyalual In­sti­tute s range of age-de­fy­ing, wrin­kle de­feat­ing beauty and skin re­viv­ing prod­ucts in Rivo­nia this week, Naidoo says their new mir­a­cle in­jec­tions is what will save her from look­ing old when she turns 60.

The injection is called Xela Re­d­erm and was launched at The Syrene Bou­tique Ho­tel on Wed­nes­day in Rivo­nia this week.

Kil­lar­ney-based Dr Reza Mia said the in­jectable filler, sim­i­lar to but less in­va­sive than a face lift, starts at R3 500, and is a mix of hyaluronic acid and suc­cinic acid.

Hyaluronic acid hy­drates and lifts the skin giv­ing it a fuller health­ier look while suc­cinic acid stim­u­lates the mi­to­chon­dria in the fi­bre pus cells which pro­duces col­le­gen and elle­ston. It s de­signed to de­fine lines, lift­ing and pig­men­ta­tion marks,” said Mia.

Naidoo, who is turn­ing 36 this year, says she is se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing the treat­ment.

I was like th­ese prod­ucts are some­thing I al­bum which has at­tracted recog­ni­tion from in­dus­try leg­ends such as Re­becca Ma­lope.

The two have been per­form­ing at events around the coun­try while spread­ing the gospel.

We have al­ways en­joyed the un­con­tested sup­port of our lo­cal church and com­mu­nity mem­bers who have been there for us from the be­gin­ning and still show amaz­ing lev­els of sup­port for us,” Popela says.

We will al­ways come back to the church and re­port back be­cause it all started here for us and it does not mat­ter how far we go in our ca­reers we will al­ways re­mem­ber where we come from,” Fakude adds.

When they are not trav­el­ling around the coun­try pro­mot­ing their mu­sic, Lebo n Sa­belo men­tor young peo­ple at their lo­cal church as youth pas­tors. should look into ... as some of my friends are talk­ing about how badly and how wrong some of th­ese face lifts and plas­tic surg­eries could go. I just think we can do lit­tle things like this and when we even­tu­ally turn 60 or 70 you will not have to do ma­jor things like surgery,” Naidoo said.

The star­let, who owns modelling agency Alushi man­age­ment, says be­ing in the beauty in­dus­try has helped her learn to take good care of her­self.

I m lucky to be in my pro­fes­sion. As a model you want to have longevity for as long as you can. So, I have al­ways main­tained my skin, looked af­ter it, mois­turised, cleansed and done the whole rou­tine re­li­giously, she says.

The prod­uct was orig­i­nally made in Switzer­land about five years ago.

Dr Mia said clients re­ceived treat­ment from a holis­tic ap­proach in con­junc­tion with other in­jectable prod­ucts.

The ad­van­tage over tra­di­tional sur­gi­cal so­lu­tions is that you don t have to go through theatre and have anaes­thet­ics, so that is an ad­van­tage and it s a lot cheaper,” he says.

Doc­tors first con­duct med­i­cal checks on clients to min­imise side-ef­fects.

Side-ef­fects, in­clude slight bruis­ing, but chances of an al­ler­gic re­ac­tion are less due to the prod­uct be­ing made of non-an­i­mal ad­di­tives.

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