SA gospel group vows to return

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Mohalenyane Phakela

SOUTH African gospel group, House of Hope Total Praise, say they were awed by the positive response of Basotho during their shows, adding that they were looking forward to their next Lesotho performance in October.

House of Hope Total Praise performed in Lesotho on Friday and Saturday at the House of Hope Church in Leribe and AME Hall in Maseru respectively.

During their performance, in which they shared the stage with local group Yadah Praise Family, the Bloemfontein-based ensemble serenaded their fans with such tracks as God You’re My God, I Have A Father, Ntate Lerato La hao.

According to House of Hope Total Praise founder, Pastor Jay Mokhethi, they had previously performed in Lesotho.

“We first came to Lesotho in 2014, but did not have much experience since we were performing with a lot of groups,” he said.

“When Peter Mahase of Pure Passion Events in Lesotho invited us for a collaborative show, I could not resist because we saw this as an opportunity to give the group a broader experience of Lesotho and further expand the fan base.”

Pastor Mokhethi said they were pleasantly surprised by the audiences’ responses during their performance.

“We have been in Maseru before, so we knew what to expect. However, the reception we got in Leribe came as a surprise. Members of the crowd were already dancing along to the songs while we were rehearsing and could not wait for the show to start which was pretty amazing,” he said.

“Maseru did not disappoint either, as they exceeded our expectations. We had thought they would not come in large numbers due to the chilly weather but they showed great support. In simple terms, people from Lesotho know how to worship God.”

“We thank God for our ministry colleagues, Yadah Praise Family, for pulling all the stops to be part of the shows. It was amazing to share the stage with them because they are a group of amazing ministers. May God increase grace and favour upon them going forward.

Pastor Mokhethi also revealed that they would return to Lesotho for the annual Gospel Alive show on 1 October.

“We have been invited to perform at the Gospel Alive show by the organisers Afro Media and cannot wait to worship God with Lesotho once again,” he said.

“We would like to express our heartfelt and sincere gratitude to all the people who came from near and far to support both Leribe and Maseru version. It was indeed a great experience to be under one roof and magnify our God with them all.”

 

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