Gospel group aims for the sky

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Youth in ChristMohalenyane Phakela

BUDDING ensemble, Youth in Christ Family, has vowed to take gospel music by storm by telling the gospel of Jesus Christ through song.

The Maseru-based outfit was formed in January this year with the aim of using music to spread the gospel. Youth in Christ Family started off with six members from different churches who have, over the months, grown to 18.

According to group member, Pheko Rafolatsane, their sound is a fusion of a capella, worship and praise hymns which they use to bring believers in different situations closer to God.

“Our intention is to be a leading gospel group that will touch many lives. Every song we compose has a different message to encourage and uplift people facing different challenges,” he said.

“There are comforting and healing songs while others are praise songs.”

Rafolatsane said they had already recorded eight tracks of their debut album that is scheduled for release in October this year. Some of the tracks, such as Ke Sekiloe Ke Jesu, Jesu U Inoele and Ka Hlahlathela are already being played on local radio stations.

He said members of the group also empower each other with life skills.

“As a new kid on the block, we are currently faced with financial challenges, and therefore cannot reach all our goals within a short time,” said Rafolatsane.

“We are not just members of the group, but a family. So we also equip each other with life skills so we are better able to face the challenges that come our way.

“Young people often lose hope when they are beset with challenges, and therefore turn away from Christ. We are hoping to come up with projects that will help us encourage them not to despair, for the Lord will never forsake or leave anyone.”

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