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
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.”
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.