COVER STORY:

HIT­MAKER SHARES HOW GROW­ING UP IN A GODFEARING FAM­ILY GUIDED HIM TO WHERE HE IS.

Empowered Youth Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - By Happy Rikhotso

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.

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