Local gospel singer performs at awards

2008-08-19 00:00

“Have you ever wondered why some of us as musicians, at some point in our careers, turn from our usual content and take up gospel music instead? Could it be because our career faces certain death and a switch to gospel music could guarantee us some form of resurrection”? That is how Mvuselelo Buthelezi introduces himself.

In gospel music circles, Buthelezi needs no introduction. He grew up in Pietermaritzurg and went to Mehlokazulu High School in Imbali. At the age of 41 he has three albums under his belt: Khuluma Moya, Siyabonga and Zincane Izibongo Zami, with Ziyaba production.

His father was a priest and led the Apostolic Holy Messengers which has several branches in KwaZulu-Natal, while Buthelezi is a keen member of the Maritzburg Christian Church.

“Some people do things that make me believe that they are motivated by greed. Some people said my new album (Zincane Izibongo Zami) contains a song that attacks priests for starting churches for the benefit of their families and criticises priests who treat church leadership positions as being hereditary, but I’m just creating my own music,” said Buthelezi.

On every occasion when you start a conversation with Buthelezi, you can be sure the first thing he will say is, “I am too blessed to be stressed”. And, yes, he is blessed, because he has been selected to perform in the first SABC Crown Gospel Awards on August 24 with gospel giants Rebecca Malope, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Deborah Fraser and Mthunzi Nambi.

The awards focus on traditional gospel music, with four nominees per category. The public were encouraged to nominate an artist in each of the 19 categories and the final overall winner. “We are giving the public a chance to vote for that one song that once took the gospel music industry by storm and continues to touch the hearts and souls of the people every time they hear it,” said awards spokesperson Sbu Buthelezi. The nominees for that award are the double Sama Award winner Ncandweni Christ Ambassadors for Zulu Khaya Lami; Hlengiwe Mhlaba for Rock of Ages; Sipho Makhabane for Izindonga and Lundi’s Mpefumulo Wami.

• Durban will host the awards, at Durban’s International Convention Centre Arena on August 24. To vote, phone 084 198 3242 or SMS 34069

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