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Bulawayo gospel musician defies odds

Unheralded Bulawayo gospel musician Thembi Sibanda has taken the bull by its horns as she now produces and arranges her own music.

By Nomuzi Mtunzi

Thembi Sibanda (centre) and the Sisters of Paradise
Thembi Sibanda (centre) and the Sisters of Paradise

The gospel diva who is also not signed to any record label believes she will soon be among the country’s best gospel artists.

“For an artist who is not signed to any recording company and who does her own publicity, my gospel career is doing quite well. Since my first album Mhla Ujesu Ebuya in 2011, I did not look back,” she said.

“I started out as a solo artist but later formed a group called Sisters of Paradise which I am the lead singer. The name of the group says it all and everyone is treated fairly. I do not want to overshadow other members and they are free to show their talents.”

Sibanda has released four albums alongside Sisters of Paradise and these included Mhla Ujesu Ebuya, Ngubani Ozayongena, Sinjalo and Ngiyohlalele Thembeni.

“To promote my latest album Ngiyohlalele Thembeni, I did a DVD album.

“As part of our promotion, we did shows in South Africa, Botswana, Plumtree, Esigodini, Shurugwi and Lower Gweru. I have shared the stage with Shongwe of Khuphuka Saved Group from Swaziland, Isaac Maleyi and Ikalanga Gospel from Botswana.”

She said her latest album was doing well on the market, especially tracks such as Ngiyohlalele Thembeni, Igamalami, Munesimba, Ngidleni Kabani and Libokhuleka.

Sibanda grew up singing in the church choir where she led the praise and worship.

“Being a mother of two has not stopped me from furthering my music career despite the challenges of balancing the two. I take it as a gift God gave me that I can bless His people with music. This is my way to preach the Word of God to everyone since it is the only language that speaks to anyone’s soul without trying,” she said.

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