Let the music play!

2015-08-06 06:00

UWFM’s breakfast show host Putco Mafani  gettting down with Mhonko Godze at the Treasured Voices CD launch.

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UWFM’s breakfast show host Putco Mafani gettting down with Mhonko Godze at the Treasured Voices CD launch. PHOTOs: lindile mbontsi

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Tears of joy cascaded down her cheeks as a deafening round of applause filled the room, coaxing the three blind singers from the Treasured Voices to go at it once more.

For, the beauty of their voices was so overwhelming for businesswoman Mhonko Godze-who bankrolled their recording-that the encore was a foregone offering.

To an observer, it must also have been the pains of joy associated with giving birth to a phenomenon like these singers, who continue to dazzle the crowds whenever they perform.

This time, it was at the Fountain Hotel during their CD launch that gave birth to her tears.

“We have been through a lot of hardships with this group and to witness them singing infront of an appreciative crowd is the jewel in the crown,” said Godze.

The group is made up of Mike Stokwe (57), Evelyn Siwa (52) and Godze’s brother Vukile Bomela (53).

Their debut album, titled Ulidwala Lam, has received rave reviews from music critics around the country.

Godze said she had long been inspired by her brother’s(Vukile) love for music.

“He grew up in song, everytime I brought him a musical instrument, he would learn it by himself and master it,” she said.

Stokwe said: “It feels good to finally be here. Our hearts are pleased. This is all the glory to God who protected and gave us strength throughout the difficulties we faced,”.

The members formed the group in 1975 but they’ve never been able to secure a recording deal, until Godze decided to give them a shot in the arm.

Evelyn said when she was informed that they were going to record this year, at first, she didn’t believe it.

“I never believed it would happen because of our previous experiences. We had started believing that we were not meant to record an album, but today I swallow those words,” she said.

Evelyn said the album was a mixture of jazz and gospel and catered for everyone who loves good music. “We appeal to people to buy our CD.

We don’t want them buying it for R10 because that will be stealing the hard work we have put into it,” she said. She also urged disabled people to stop feeling sorry for themselves, and go out there and do what they love

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