GOSPEL SINGER LUSANDA ON THE PAIN OF HER AR­REST AND BOUNC­ING BACK AFTER BE­ING BROKE

Gospel singer Lusanda Mcinga shares how she was ar­rested for fight­ing for her mu­sic

Move! - - FRONT PAGE - By Bonolo Sekudu

WHEN God has called you to be­come a ves­sel in the lives of His peo­ple, no chal­lenge and hard­ship can hold you back from ful­fill­ing His man­date. Lusanda Mcinga (54) of Lusanda Spir­i­tual Group knows this too well after she fought bat­tles that al­most made her give up when a cloud of dark­ness was over her. But be­cause she trusted God to fin­ish the good work He had started in her life, she has over­come her chal­lenges and is cel­e­brat­ing the re­lease of the group's 19th al­bum ti­tled Mabaphil ’Abantu.

TRI­ALS AND TRIBU­LA­TIONS

The Eastern Cape-born gospel artist is grate­ful for the gift and suc­cess she has reached.

How­ever, there was a time when money was so scarce that she lost her house and car, but peo­ple did not know this as her mu­sic never stopped play­ing across the coun­try.

“I will never for­get 2010 when piracy was so rife that my mu­sic was be­ing sold in the street. One day, I went into a store and con­fronted Chi­nese men who were sell­ing my pi­rated mu­sic. The con­fronta­tion did not end well; I was beat up by those men,” says Lusanda.

A crim­i­nal case was opened, but the men left the coun­try be­fore the case was fi­nalised.

“To this day, my heart breaks when I think about that day and be­ing as­saulted for my own hard work.”

GET­TING AR­RESTED

She says at the time, fi­nances were so bad that she and a group of mu­si­cians em­barked on a cam­paign led by poet Mzwakhe Mbuli to con­fis­cate pi­rated mu­sic from street ven­dors.

“This too did not end well for me as one of the ven­dors falsely ac­cused me of beat­ing him up dur­ing the cam­paign. I still can’t be­lieve I was ar­rested on that day and spent the week­end in jail,” she says.

Lusanda says when she looks back at her mu­sic ca­reer, this in­ci­dent still pains her.

How­ever, she says no mat­ter the chal­lenges she has faced, God al­ways car­ried her through it all. “If it wasn’t for God, I would have given up,” she says.

LOVE FOR HER GUI­TAR

It is rare to see Lusanda with­out her pre­cious gui­tar. When life be­came tough, the gui­tar re­minded her of her God-given talent and the mes­sage of hope she should share with peo­ple. It also re­minded her of her foun­da­tion and why she em­barked on a mu­si­cal jour­ney.

“I learnt how to play the gui­tar when I was just 10 years old. I would see men play­ing this in­stru­ment and just marvel at it,” she says.

Lusanda, a self-taught gui­tarist, pur­sued this in­ter­est while con­tin­u­ing to sing in a group with her sib­lings, led by her par­ents. “We be­came known for singing at church and fu­ner­als. This is how my mu­si­cal jour­ney be­gan,” she adds. HER FAM­ILY Lusanda has suc­cess­fully passed the ba­ton on to her six chil­dren, who are now group mem­bers of the ac­claimed group. “Mu­sic has al­ways been in the fam­ily and it is a foun­da­tion that has built our fam­ily. As a par­ent, it is great to see that my chil­dren know God and re­spect the Bi­ble’s teach­ings,” she says. One of her sons, Bethusile Mcinga, has se­cured his spot in the gospel in­dus­try.

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