Mbambo sur­prises gospel fans

The Star Late Edition - - METRO - KEDIBONE MODISE @_ked­i­modise

CHRIST­MAS came early for gospel mu­sic lovers this year.

Fans of con­tem­po­rary gospel sen­sa­tion Ntokozo Mbambo are in for a treat this fes­tive sea­son as the Joy­ous Cel­e­bra­tion star takes them through her 20-year mu­si­cal jour­ney with the launch of her sur­prise al­bum ti­tled Mo­ments In Time.

The new al­bum comes af­ter her sold-out con­cert at Em­per­ors Palace in Kemp­ton Park a few months ago.

“This is a sur­prise al­bum for all my fol­low­ers, fans and sup­port­ers. No­body ac­tu­ally knew we were record­ing un­til peo­ple saw the equip­ment,” says Mbambo.

Mo­ments In Time fea­tures songs and hymns that peo­ple have loved over the years. “They are songs I’ve sung be­fore and, of course, new songs as well.”

The dou­ble CD fea­tures 27 tracks, with some of the pop­u­lar songs from Mbambo’s Joy­ous Cel­e­bra­tion days.

Speak­ing to Mbambo at the al­bum launch in Four­ways ear­lier this week, the renowned gospel singer beamed with joy as she went down mem­ory lane a day be­fore her 33rd birth­day.

Mbambo started singing when her mother gave her a plat­form to sing in the church wor­ship team.

One Sun­day, Mbambo’s mother handed her the mic, “and there I was as a four-year-old, stand­ing in front of the whole church singing the song my mom was sup­posed to sing”.

Her mu­sic ca­reer, how­ever, be­gan to take off when she was 13, with her de­but solo al­bum Bam­belela. At 15, she be­came the youngest mem­ber to join Joy­ous Cel­e­bra­tion.

If she wasn’t do­ing mu­sic, Mbambo said she would have been a psy­chol­o­gist. With the re­cent pass­ing of hiphop gi­ant HHP and the con­ver­sa­tion around de­pres­sion and sui­cide on so­cial me­dia, Mbambo be­lieves this con­ver­sa­tion should be more open.

Mo­ments In Time is now avail­able in all dig­i­tal mu­sic stores.

GOSPEL sen­sa­tion Ntokozo Mbambo’s 20-year mu­si­cal jour­ney is high­lighted in her sur­prise al­bum ti­tled Mo­ments In Time.

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