Sphumelele Mbambo, a renowned gospel artist, has launched her recent album titled: Lishonile Ilanga, which was released in October 2017.Containing about 15 songs, Mbambo said it contained a variety of worship and prayer songs. “This is my second solo album. It’s a motivational, and talks more about God. It heals people’s souls,” she said.“Its more like story-telling.” The Durban born artist and former Joyous of Celebration member described gospel music as way of expressing and connecting her with God. “I started singing in Sunday school at church and in community events in my younger years. In 2002, I joined Most Creative and Passionate (MCP) gospel group, a group in KwaZulu Natal. In 2008, I entered for ‘I want to Sing Gospel’, an SABC television competition. I came second in the provincial finals and fifth nationally. In 2009 I released my first solo album called Amandla Amasha, but was unable to promote it because I soon joined Joyous of Celebration, of which I was a member for seven years,” she said.Mbambo says Winnie Mashaba and Lebo Sekgobela are some of the artist she look up to, and that a collaborate with them was not far off the mark. “I had featured in many artists including Thokozani Langa and Mduduzani Neziceku Zamagawugawu from Swaziland. I have also shared the stage with well- known gospel artists like Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Rebeeca Malope, Thobekile Mkhwanazi and Kholeka Dubula, to count just a few, and has also performed in several festivals which includes the Feziwe Gospel Festival in KZN, which is held every Easter weekend, and the Crossover Gospel Festival in Swaziland every 31 December,” she said.Mbambo said her album is available in Musica stores nationwide. “I do get invites and perform at weddings, festivals and community events. Next April, I will perform in London to the CD launch of gospel artist Lindiwe Angie Mantini, who works from there. So I will be performing there with some of the artists in London,” said Mbambo.