HITMAKER SHARES HOW GROWING UP IN A GODFEARING FAMILY GUIDED HIM TO WHERE HE IS.
Thinah Zungu is best known for his hit songs such as “which earned him an accolade for Best Song of the year at the SABC Crown Gospel Awards in 2012. The star continues making good music and has recently released his latest project recorded live in the Soweto Theatre.
A GOD FEARING MAN:
Being raised by his devoted God-fearing parents, Thinah’s music career is one of the allusions of his childhood and where he comes from. “Equally a youthful man, I found it boring as I could not understand when others would have fun out of the church life and we were abiding by the word of God,” he avers. Although it was not quite clear to him as a young boy having to grow in church, Thinah tells Empowered Youth that he got to comprehend the importance of living according to the word of God as time went on because it steered him to where he is today.
HIS BOOMING MUSIC CAREER:
After completing his matric, Thinah started focusing on his melodic gift. “I cannot run away from the fact that the environment I grew up in stimulated me into singing gospel. If it was not for that, I would have never had a motive as to what I wanted to make out, “he says. In 2007, he released his debut album titled “Enkaziimulweni”.
Although it was not easy, Thinah pushed to achieving magnificently. “It was difficult as people were not used to my style. It really stressed me and if I were to redo the album, I would,” he says. He also adds; “By then, people looked at the dominating music style.” With his determination and passion for Gospel music, the 30 year old Thinah took on the industry with his album, Kuthe bekwazi. Speaking to Empowered Youth about his songwriting, Thinah says he never plans on which song should be a hit, it simply goes on through the grace of God. “My gift is a weapon for good music. I never get to the studio with a song, but always pray to God to grant me a song. Relying on God is what renders me the force to write powerful songs that my fans will find comfort in.
I have learned at a very early stage to put God first in my music career” he expresses.
CELEBRATING HIS TALENT:
Over the past years, Thinah has been able to manage his musical magic to be where he is. In 2011, he created himself a big name in the Gospel industry with his powerful album, Kwa nqa’umusa, which won him two awards for Best Song of the Year and Best Song Writer at the 5th SABC Crown Awards in 2012. “I was really outraged as I never anticipated it because being nominated with big names in the industry was just more than enough on its own,” he shares. The album also sold over 25 000 copies and is still one of his fans’ favorite album. Asked about the lessons he has learned as a gospel artist, Thinah say; “Just in my time, I have set out a belief that every challenge I encounter is just a stepping stone to greater things. There are hurdles I faced and never realized how I overcame as I believe that there is no difficulty formed to shut me down.” Zungu defied all odds and kept doing well for himself in the industry by managing to release another album, Nginguthandiwe, under his own company in 2013. Taking his fans to a blessed festive season, Thinah has recently released his latest project recorded live at the Soweto Theatre. “My live recording has been long overdue, but to God it was just the anointed time for me to deliver a live recording,” he says. Thinah is proud that he recorded out of his province and also appreciate the support he received from his fans in making the recording a success. “I sang most of the songs that brought me this far. I consider the recording as sharing my journey from when I started,” he says.
FAMILY MAN AND CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS:
Thinah is a father of two. Thinah’s music contributes towards raising his children as a gospel star “My children are my first fans. They motivate me as they sing my songs and learn from them because it shows that even though I may be far from them due to work, through my music, they become aware of what their father is all about and how they have to abide by the teachings through his music,” he says. Celebrating Christmas, Thinah tells Empowered Youth that he is planning on spending the day with his family and community. “To me, Christmas is all about sharing and being with our loved ones. I will be spending the day in my community with my family and my music,” he shares.
A father of two, Thinah Zungu believes that his sons get to learn through his musical teachings.