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Local, SA acts to share stage at Gospel Alive

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Mohalenyane Phakela

LOCAL Gospel group, Tehillah Africa, are set to perform alongside their South African counterparts at the Gospel Alive event to be held at Lehakoe Club in Maseru on Saturday.

Tehilla Africa consists of up-and-coming gospel and jazz musicians with the group featuring regularly on the entertainment scene.

Gospel Alive will not be the first time Tehilla Africa will share the stage with South African singers as they have previously performed in shows of this nature.

In this edition of the Gospel Alive, organized by local company Afro Media, local artistes will share the stage with such artists as award-winning gospel singer S’fiso Ncwane.

The Kulungile Baba hit-maker, who came from very humble beginnings, was born in 1979 in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa and raised by his aunt after his mother left him.

According to the singer’s biography, his musical talent was discovered by a local church, and by the tender age of eight, he was exercising his gift.

By the mid-nineties he started playing keyboards, bass guitar and drums without any formal training, which led to him being invited to perform at local churches, weddings, parties and funerals.

He was eventually spotted by a man who opened doors for him to sing professionally. He then recorded his very first album titled Vulamasango, meaning – Open the Doors.

Ncwane recorded his first professional album with Bula Music which was produced by Tshepo Ndzimande, who has produced for the likes of Lundi Tyamara, Kholeka and others. This album was titled Makadunyiswe and established him as a renowned Gospel musician.

The following year he released Inombolo Yasezulwini, where he featured the late legendary Vuyo Mokoena and Zodwa Twecu.

Late in 2011, Ncwane then released another huge hit song Kulungile Baba, this song went multiplatinum in just 16 months and sold 328 000 copies. It was nominated Song of the year on the Crown awards, won a biggest award in the music industry at the SAMA19 for ‘Record of the year’ 2013, and won an AGMA award which are London based gospel awards.

Other artists set to grace the stage include local group Clap’n Tap and from South Africa, Teboho Moloi, Mkhulili from Joyous Celebration and Ndivhuwo.

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