A church-based music group, Ecclesia Kingdom Community (EKC) Worship from Athlone aims to use music to shape youth and give back to their community.
The group gave People’s Post some insight on their new gqom gospel album titled Winning Season.
The official launch will take place at the SABC studios in Sea Point in October.
The album comprises of 12 songs and funds raised from the launch will go towards funding the church’s non-profit organisation Now Build Relationship (NBR).
NBR works closely with local schools supporting disadvantaged children by providing uniforms and shoes.
Unlike any other church albums, this gqom gospel genre targets to change the mindsets of young people towards church and the word of God.
“Gqom is indisputably the most popular genre that has come out of South Africa recently,” said Sergio Brandt, the group’s lead.
Explaining the title, he said the album sends a message saying “no matter what, you will make it. South Africa, you are going to make it, because this is your winning season. We want to remind people that we are strong, that we are overcomers and we are not afraid of anything.”
Brandt said over the 10 years of existence, the group made it their aim to use attractive and relevant strategies to minister the word of God and lure youth to church. One can play this music anywhere, any time and still be in the Lord. There are 16 members in the group, varying between the ages of 12 and 50 from different communities in the Cape Flats and the Northern Suburbs. Group members have diversified talents that when put together produces a harmonious sound that speaks to one’s soul. The group also works with other aspiring local youth from outside the church to nourish the genre and produce the best choreography.
“We are not limiting it to church members, everyone is welcome and we are all about uplifting the community. If there is talent or a simple interest, that is enough for us,” Brandt said.
He said the reason for giving back is, members too, have faced the challenges that youth in their communities face today. The word of God helped them see the light.
Brandt said music is a powerful tool that unites people and whether one likes to dance and worship, they should feel welcome in the house of God.
Talking about uniting people, Trevino Isaacs, a member, added they hold an uplifting programme on Friday evenings at Vanguard Community Hall where they work with up to 60 youth. He said the programme focuses on hygiene, life-skills, dance and music. Isaacs also said they host network sessions for young and old on Saturdays.
He appealed for support from the public, especially with buying tickets to the launch as well as purchasing CDs once they are available.