WE ARE CLIMBING UP SLOWLY
By: Mxolisi Ntanzi
It may sound cliché but believing in yourself is the first step to success. Sometimes you do believe in yourself, have passion, work hard and have talent. But what happens when your talent hasn’t reached an audience that will love and appreciate your craft?
In that situation, many would have given up a long time ago after being patient for such a long time. But not the Provision. These young vocalists know that the best things in life take time and that one has to wait, love and work hard until their dreams come true.
The Provision is an acapella group born and bred in uMlazi. It consists of three members- Lungani Dlomo, Ayanda and Cebolenkosi Gcabashe. They consider themselves to be a fresh sound that aims to bring something new to the South African music industry.
“We believe we were given this talent not by accident but it was to serve a purpose- that is why God blessed us with these voices because He is our provider and that how the name of the group Provision came along,” said Ayanda Gcabashe.
The group was formed 3 years ago while they were still in High school. They wanted to produce music that will change people’s lives.
“We want to bless people with our music, that is why we don’t perform at informal parties around our location. We perform in formal and dignified events where we know for sure that our audience will understand the message in our music,” said Cebolenkosi Gcabashe.
Despite not yet being ‘discovered’, the group has set rules that will help them lead by example in their community.
“The group does not dwell on the streets for no reason. We don’t pay attention to a number of things that people our age seem to be very consumed by. We don’t conform to local young peoples’ habits of being involved in drugs or busy courting every girl we meet. We know that will cause nothing but distraction. We all go to church. We respect the word of God and we will not do anything that will jeopardize our career in music,” said Dlomo.
The group provision is inspired by The Soil, a famous award-winning acapella group.
“Those guys came up with their own distinct sound and that makes them unique. They found their voice and now they are a world-class act. We aspire to be like that,” said Dlomo.
“We are expecting to release an album by next month and it’s going to be quite a surprise. We will deliver and that’s a promise.”
The group has performed in several arts events in KZN including praying poets’ events, weddings, poetry events, gospel festivals and church events.
The group sees itself performing on a global stage and being an international act.