Local gospel artist Sinethemba Gama believes his new album has the goods to heal people spiritually, emphasising that God is truly alive. The 27-year-old started recording the album last year and was supposed to release it the same year, but bad luck struck and he was forced to postpone the launch. “When the album was finished, I went to collect it and I was told that the computer had crashed and all the files were deleted,” the musician recalled. This struck three times, but a determined Gama refused to give up. “My pastor told me the reason this was happening was because the album would spiritually heal people when they listened to my music; the devil was trying to stop that from happening,” the Nomzamo resident said.He and his team eventually overcame the hurdles and completed the production on the album, aptly named Uyaphila (He is living).The gospel artist is not new to the music scene, having worked as backing vocalist for renowned gospel stars like Bulela M. Gama released his debut album in 2014, but says the album was unsuccessful because of its “inferior quality”. “At that time I did not have proper management or a studio to record the tracks in, so the album did not do that well,” he said.For his latest work, Gama drew inspiration from gospel sensation Hlengiwe Mhlaba. “I want to be able to write touching songs like hers,” he said. “Her music touches the soul and lifts me up.”Gama’s mother, Ntombovuyo Mamngwanya Monqo, doubles as his manager, and believes her son to be blessed with talent in abundance. “I asked him to sing at church and people were moved by his abilities,” she said.“People are gifted in many ways, some are preachers and others sing. Sinethemba spreads the gospel through music. I want him to succeed in the industry, because he deserves it.” Those who buy the album will be healed, Gama believes. “There is healing on this album,” he says. “It includes sounds from all churches so that everyone can enjoy it.”Gama collaborated with several local artists, including the talented Emihle Tshazi, on the album at the Good News Records studio. What is his advice to young aspiring gospel artists? “Everything can happen when you pray before you start,” he says. “Gospel is a very difficult genre, because we are spreading the good news, which the devil does not like. Arm yourself with prayer and God will show you the way.” To buy the album, call the Gospel artist on 078 945 5020.