Meet Nomzamo’s Gospel sensation

2018-05-10 06:01
Musa Maseme (36) performing at Nomzamo Park in Nomzamo recently.PHOTO: MZWANELE MKALIPI

Musa Maseme (36) performing at Nomzamo Park in Nomzamo recently.PHOTO: MZWANELE MKALIPI

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His ragged clothing may fool you into thinking he is a destitute man. But when you listen to his golden voice, which leaves you mesmerised, you will know that there is far more to this man.

Musa Maseme is a gospel artist who has five albums under his belt.

The father of an eight-year-old boy, who resides in Nomzamo originally hails from Matatiele in Nkawu village in the Eastern Cape.

The difficult journey of growing up without a father and being deeply affected by his mother’s mental illness never drove him to despair. Instead, it tested his faith in God.

Maseme started singing around 1997. “I later formed a gospel group called Sinovuyo, but it never really got off the ground,” the 36-year-old said.

The saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover” certainly applies to this “ragged-trousered” Gospel vocalist.

“I had not worn shoes while growing up until I came back from the mountain as a man,” he explained to City Vision.

“My clothes were similar to the ones I wear when I perform. When I perform in these ragged clothes it motivates me and lifts my spirit.”

People’s response, he conceded, would be so different if he wore “normal” clothes, which they would more likely dub “beautiful”.

“Even if I could wear a suit, I would never sing the way I sing when I wear these clothes,” Maseme said.

“When I am on stage, my clothes always remind me where I come from and the difficulties I went through. People need to know I also had challenges of drinking and being naughty, but I was able to overcome that when my grandmother asked me to go to church.”

There have also been times when he wished to stop singing, but a voice within induced him to soldier on, Maseme related.

“The voice spoke to me, saying ‘everything has its own time, in perseverance there’s gain’,” the singer recalled.

“But today I see a huge difference in my life, and I have things I had not imagined I would have as a person. This is a learning curve for anyone. Losing your parents doesn’t mean the end of the world. Always trust that there’s someone above who will never forsake you.”

Maseme believes that in life there are challenges, which are put on your path to “test your faith in God, so don’t give up”.

“I love the way I am and I don’t blame God for all I have gone through. I always know I am not alone and I am a temple of God. All the Creator wants is your pure heart, not your appearance,” he said.

Maseme hopes to hear his music played on radio and see it on TV. He was saddened by the passing of gospel sensation Lundi Ndyamarha and also idolises Rebecca Malope.

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