Empowered Youth Magazine - - TRUE STORY -

Gospel mu­sic can be traced to the early 17th cen­tury, with roots in the black oral tra­di­tion. Be­ing com­posed and per­formed for many pur­poses, in­clud­ing aes­thetic plea­sure, re­li­gious or cer­e­mo­nial pur­poses, and as an en­ter­tain­ment prod­uct for the mar­ket­place. South African gospel mu­sic in­dus­try is one of the fastest grow­ing in­dus­tries which noth­ing be­comes out fash­ioned. We proudly spot­ted one of the gospel mu­sic sup­port­ers who takes us in her world of sup­port­ing this genre. Lerato Ram­mutla has a count­less list of gospel artists that she is cur­rently fol­low­ing and con­sid­er­ing the best. Her love for gospel mu­sic started years ago dur­ing her Sun­day school days of which she says that credit is given to her mother’s late cousin, Ruth Se­newa Seikanelo. “She loved mu­sic whole­heart­edly and I was in­spired”, says Lerato. She adds that a Sun­day church ser­vice with­out her mom’s cousin, to Lerato was not a church ser­vice. Lerato would even at­tend church on Thurs­days just to lis­ten to her singing from Hosanna. “Still to­day I miss her an­gelic voice”, says lerato.

Dur­ing those days, tele­vi­sions were lux­u­ri­ous, but un­for­tu­nately Lerato’s mother only had a ra­dio with cas­sette player. She shares a mem­ory that she will never for­get; “And then there was this song that I al­ways heard on the ra­dio and the lyrics were; Ke fitl­hetswe ke lentswe, le hla­hang kwa lehodi­mong. Le me nkopang hore ke fe­tise mo­laetsa wa ha Jeso mo

bal­ate­d­ing ba hae. But I al­ways missed the name of the song and the artist, but one day I did”. From that day, Lerato vowed to find a cas­sette with that song. The pri­mary school Lerato, in those days was even afraid to ask her mother to give her money for that par­tic­u­lar cas­sette and the worst part; she did not know the ti­tle track. This never led her to giv­ing up and she was con­fi­dent that one day she would get the de­tails.

In 1994, Lerato was with her mother in a mu­sic bar and her mother told her to pick a cas­sette and lit­tle Rato went straight to the gospel and found the cas­sette. On the cover, it was a young woman wear­ing a pur­ple dress with a hairdo called “Chicco style” and the name of the cas­sette was “Umoya Wami by Re­becca Ma­lope”. “I was happy be­cause that was the same mu­si­cian who sang the same song she al­ways heard on the ra­dio “Lentsoe”. Though that par­tic­u­lar song was not on the cas­sette, she still took it. Lerato’s mother even felt that her daugh­ter was wast­ing her money, but Lerato still told her mother that she loved Re­becca. Lerato says that she is thank­ful to Face­book be­cause through it, she man­aged to in­ter­act with the very same mu­si­cians that she used to hear on the ra­dio and also the ones she’d never knew and she even­tu­ally be­came their fan and sup­porter. “I never dis­crim­i­nated re­gard­ing the type of Gospel that they sing”, she says.

Lerato says that to her, a gospel song that heals and even talks to the soul, well ar­ranged, gets her thumb up.” I man­age to at­tend most of the shows re­gard­less of where they are. I have learned to be hum­ble, my re­spect had been el­e­vated and my love for gospel mu­sic will never die.

Lerato with her gospel al­bums col­lec­tion

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