GOSPEL SINGERS DRAW SCORES OF FANS AT TITI JONAS HALL

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WELL-KNOWN gospel singer Butho Vuthela from East Lon­don and other artists filled Titi Jonas Hall in Thorn­hill to ca­pac­ity on Sun­day af­ter­noon at a CD Launch.

In­tro­duc­ing his al­bum, Vuthela said: “My lat­est al­bum is ti­tled Ndiy­onela

Nguwe Bawo (I am sat­is­fied by you Lord).”

With the event pre­vi­ously an­nounced on Nd­lambe FM, lis­ten­ers from Port Al­fred and Bathurst came in their num­bers to en­joy some highly rated South African gospel singers.

More than 80 peo­ple at­tended the CD launch.

The fea­tured artists ap­peared to be favoured by all age groups. Although youth and younger adults were the dom­i­nant groups, older peo­ple at­tended the launch.

Know­ing what multi-award win­ner Bethusile Mcinga can do on stage, some par­ents even brought their chil­dren.

Vuthela, to­gether with his wife Yolanda, opened the stage, pav­ing the way for other artists.

They per­formed many of their songs on stage as part of their strat­egy to make their al­bums known. Two al­bums, ti­tled Amandla

Omthandazo , and Ndiy­onela Nguwe Bawo were sold at the event.

Many peo­ple sang along with Butho while he was on stage.

Yolela Lut­sha was the sec­ond artist to as­cend the podium. Peo­ple re­sponded with cheer­ing. With his first two songs he kept the au­di­ence on its feet. When he had fin­ished singing, pas­tors laid hands on Vuthela, bless­ing his CD.

Mcinga was the last singer on stage and en­joy­able dis­or­der fol­lowed. Those who had smart phones left their seats and went closer to take videos of him. Some peo­ple went as far as shar­ing the mo­ment live on Face­book.

An emo­tional, touch­ing mo­ment was when a man in a wheel­chair ap­proached him, ask­ing to touch the singer’s hand. Mcinga closed the event on a high note.

Vuthela said he was happy with the at­ten­dance con­sid­er­ing that he did not use many plat­forms to pro­mote his event. “We are def­i­nitely com­ing back,” he said.

He went on to men­tion that they re­lied on so­cial me­dia as an ad­ver­tis­ing plat­form.

“This is a good test of Nd­lambe FM lis­ten­er­ship,” he said. He be­lieves that when he comes back he might be us­ing the sta­dium.

Pic­ture: TK MTIKI

FOR THE LOVE OF MU­SIC: Titi Jonas Hall in Thorn­hill was packed on Sun­day af­ter­noon at a CD launch hosted by gospel singer Butho Vuthela

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