UTHANDO SINGERS ON THE RISE
By: Mxolisi Ntanzi and Thobele Nzama
You know the saying: ‘Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life?’ But what if you needed financial backing in order to do so? Do you sit and wait for the universe or the government to intervene?
Sadly, most people would give up on their dreams and compromise when they get to realise that it takes blood, sweat, tears and a lot of door knocking for opportunities to present themselves. On the contrary while some may possess that mind-set, not everybody is bought into it.
The Umlazi born and bred 13- membered acapella group, Uthando Gospel Singers, consider themselves the hard working latter and are big dreamers.
“In five years we want to see ourselves well known nationally, having tours and also inspiring the youth through music empowering themselves into being positive and motivated people,” said the group enthusiastically.
Despite the fact that they have no form of sponsorship financially, the group went on to release a self-titled album in November last year, which is still shelved in most record stores.
The positively motivated group say despite the popularity of fellow acapella gospel group Abanqobi of whom they look up to, they feel as though the genre is not given much attention.
“We chose acapella because we are able to sing in our natural voices and it also represents our Africanism.”
The group says their first priority is to put their music out there while showing the youth that being in a relationship with God is ‘cool’.
“We get a lot of attention from girls but we do not dwell on that very much, especially if we’re working because we are doing God’s work and want the youth to look up to us and find God.”
The group’s achievements consist of independently releasing an album; hosting a launch at Umlazi Oasis Church, sharing the stage with Sgwili, Nhlakanipho Cele and Thobekile; being nominated for Best Acapella album at the Crown Gospel Music Awards and featuring The Soil at an event at Umlazi Mega City.