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Malusi recharges spiritual batteries in song

By Faeza
17 August 2015

ABANQOBI’S former lead singer, Malusi Mbokazi, released his live CD and DVD debut album, My Gospel Journey – Ngize Nkosi, in May after recording it at the Playhouse Company in Durban. The audience was treated to some soul-stirring songs that recharged many spiritual batteries.

The album features Fikile Mlomo, David Dee, Busisiwe Gxabashe, and Malusi’s sisters, Thuli and Sindi. Malusi says, ”The album has been so well received that I’ve been nominated for a SAVA (South African Volunteers Awards) award in the Best Newcomer category.”

SPREADING GOD’S MESSAGE

Known for his lively performances and versatile sound, Malusi’s album is a mix of well-known traditional gospel standards with a twist, as well as original compositions to move body and soul. He believes the album will minister to the listener’s spirit, and through it lives will be changed.

”My main aim is to put the message of God across to people’s lives through these songs. ”I relate to God, not only as my Heavenly Father, but also as my personal friend. God is the person I always want and need to guide my life when I encounter hiccups,” says Malusi, explaining the inspiration behind the making of his album.

ALBUM DOING WELL

”God has been very good to me. Since this album was released, fans have received it well,” he says. Leaving the group Abanqobi was not easy for Malusi, considering that he was the lead vocalist.

”It was a decision I needed to think about long and hard, but it was time for me to leave,” he says. He has also had meetings with Abanqobi after the launch of his solo album, My Gospel Journey – Ngize Nkosi, to iron out things such as their respective schedules. ”We decided that I need to stick to my schedule to promote my album, and they will stick to theirs. I am not officially a part of Abanqobi anymore, but people will still see me with them on stage,” he says.

SPIRITUAL LIFE AND FAMILY

The gospel artist says he has two favourite Scriptures. The first one is Hebrews 11: 6, which says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”

He says that this message is planted deep in his heart because, “I have seen God do miracles for me because of my faith”. His second favourite Scripture is found in Ecclesiastes 3: 1, “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” He explains,”You should never do things because somebody is telling you to or just to meet the expectations of others, but it should be something from inside you.” Malusi married his wife, Philile Mbokazi, in 2013, and they have been blessed with a baby girl. M