Lebo Sekgobela’s hit track Lion of Judah is still topping the charts. The mom-of-three tells us more about her music.
What drew you to the song Lion Of Judah?I first heard the song at a conference in Durban in 2015. Singer and songwriter Matsetse Matthews wrote it 16 years ago, and when I heard him sing it, I was inspired. It spoke to me. The lyrics mention how we shouldn’t be fearful but rather put our trust in God.
Tell us more about your 2016 album Restored.I recorded Restored after meeting Matsetse. I believe it has done wonders not just for me, but also for others in the gospel fraternity. Lion of Judah shows that all of us can make it. I pinched myself every time it reached number one on the charts or local iTunes ratings.
What other work have you done outside music?I’ve worked as an administrator in an IT company. And for most of my adult life, I was a personal assistant for a pastor at my local church. I loved seeing lives being transformed through God’s work. It made me believe my music career would skyrocket.
You’ve survived rape as a child. How are you coping with those difficult memories?You never get over rape; it lives with you forever. I recently drove past the street where the second incident happened. It’s such a busy street; why didn’t anyone see me? I accept it; I have to. And talking about it openly is my way to cope and also help others.
Did you ever think your music would be so well received?What’s happening now with the track reminds me of the book of Jeremiah, where God says to him, ‘When you were formed in your mother’s womb I knew you. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.’ I didn’t know I’d be a vessel used by God to touch people. I’m still amazed when fans approach me to say how much my music inspires them. Things like that motivate me to do even better.
Read more about Lebo in the April 2017 issue, out on shelves now!