Singer prays before praise

2016-03-03 06:00
 Hout Bay Gospel singer Thandi Konana prayed before she performed in Nyanga.         FOTO: mandla mnyakama

Hout Bay Gospel singer Thandi Konana prayed before she performed in Nyanga. FOTO: mandla mnyakama

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Thandi Konana said she uses her music to encourage people to worship God.

“It’s important that as artists we use our platform to convey a special message to the nation. To me, singing is not just about entertainment,” she said.

Thandi Konana, 37, lives in Hout Bay , but plies her singing prowess in Nyanga.

We caught up with her during one of her shows near the terminus.

She said she started as a backing vocalist for gospel singer Mkhululi Ndude two years ago. Last year she recorded the album Khangelan with Ndude and Lingelethu Music Production.

Her 10 songs include SizokhonzauJesu Ophilayo and Siyabonga. The upbeat tracks are dominated by a pulsating bass guitar and flowing keyboard rhythms, all complemented by the singer’s touching and soulful vocals. Thandi said she grew up in Tsolo in the Eastern Cape and admired gospel singers Andile KaMajola, Hlengiwe Mhlaba and Sipho Makhabane. She attended the Ebenezer Apostolic Church in Zion and was brought up by her late gogo, Khuthazwa Konana.

“I am a strong believer in God and I use my music to praise Him and spread his healing message.

What is unique about my performance is that I start by praying. This gets my fans to absorb and understand my message.

“Everyone is responsible for spreading God’s grace in different art forms,” Thandi said.

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