”GOSPEL MUSIC IS MY LIFE”
LERATO TALKS ABOUT HOW HER LOVE FOR GOSPEL MUSIC STARTED.
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