GOSPEL AND POETRY UNITE IN HEALING
*Caption: Sgwili Zuma doing what he does best which is preaching the word of God through his music.
Written by: Gladwin Shandu
The Durban Playhouse hosted the first ever Gospel Meets Poetry concert last night, with the mission of creating a spiritual and soulful experience.
In attendance was gospel star Andile Mbili and poet Minenhle Mthembu who mesmerised the crowds with their repertoires.
Well-known arts activist and Ukhozi FM personnel, Lungisani Mavundla who was amongst the audience, applauded his colleagues for the event.
“What is happening today is absolutely amazing, what my colleagues did in coming up with such a brilliant concept is commendable. Each and every artist who is here is one of the best in their fields,” said Mavundla.
The night kicked off on a high note with an opening performance by Mbili, followed by Sgwilisamanxamalala Zuma, who also excited the crowd, and many more.
Minenhle Mkhize, left the crowd asking for more after she recited her poem titled, “Mzala.” Joined by Mbili, she also tried her hand at singing, which was much to the crowd’s amusement.
The event was also a platform for emerging artists to share their talents. One of the budding artists was vocalist Mandisa, who shook the stands with her melody and deep voice.
Babo passed on his gratitude for the whole session and acknowledged the role of poetry in the process of healing.
“It is a great honour for me to be here as I’m in this thing of preaching the word of God. It is a massive thing to see Gospel and poetry coming in unison. I feel so happy to see people coming together wanting to rejuvenate their souls,” he said.
He concluded by saying that young emerging artists should not fall into the same trap that he did when starting out.
The organizers said they plan to make the event annual and host it all over the country in the future.