Gospel goes big time

2012-07-26 13:39

The nation’s gospel heavyweights are getting together for a day of prayer, song and dance.

The Ukhozi FM Gospel Music Festival, the music extravaganza touted as gospel’s biggest day, is scheduled for Saturday at Coca-Cola Park (formerly Ellis Park) and features an impressive list of performers.

The festival is the brainchild of Big Fish Music Productions owner Sipho Makhabane and will see more than 15 gospel artists from Rebecca Malope, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Winnie Mashaba to Sifiso, Sechaba, Lundi, Keke and Solly Mahlangu perform from 10am until 7pm at what could be a highlight in the music calendar.

Makhabane says the festival will also be used to pray for South Africa’s wellbeing with a prayer led by Pastor Mosa Sono of Grace Bible Church in Pimville, Soweto.

“It’s not about music only, we will motivate people, we will preach and pray for peace in our country,” he says. “We will also pray for unemployment and poverty to end.”

He adds that a portion of ticket sales will go towards the Arnie Williams Foundation for Abused Women and Children in Joburg.

The music festival is also a celebratory party for Ukhozi FM, which became one of the biggest radio stations in the world when they clocked 7.2?million listeners from the latest ratings.

“If we could have 20 000 people in Polokwane last year, what’s stopping us from filling Coca-Cola Park with 40 000 in Joburg? I am confident this will be a success and a day to remember that we’ll host every year,” says Makhabane.

Several government officials and celebrities have been invited and are expected to grace the event.

He adds: “It’s by the grace of God to get all these artists to understand me, looking at my background. They always jokingly ask: what is this person with Standard Three (education) trying to achieve?”

The Ukhozi FM Gospel Festival is on Saturday from 10am until 7pm. Tickets at Computicket range from R80 to R130. Gates open at 8am

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