BULAWAYO is set to enjoy a deep gospel music experience today as upcoming gospel music group D’ Song releases their much-awaited debut single — a two-track project by the same name.
They expect their music to sober up people and to go back to the basics of the gospel that Jesus is the only way to God.
The outfit’s founder and director, Sehliselweyinkosi “Sehlie” Sibanda, was upbeat about the success of the single and launch, as they had invested a huge sum of money in the production and preparations of the two songs.
“The letter D in the title stands for ‘deeper’. Due to the quality expected, preparations and the actual recording were expensive, as they ran to over $1 500 just for two songs,” he said.
“Maqhawenkosi Mhlanga, the project manager and myself had been working hard to put everything together.”
Sibanda said they expected a bumper crowd at the launch, which will be held during a church service at the Brethren in Christ Church, which normally is attended by about 1 500 people.
He urged fans to come in their numbers for the launch of the single, which they cannot afford to miss.
“This is a single, which one cannot afford not to hear. It sobers one to go back to the basics of the gospel,” he said.
“Going back to the message of the cross and remembering that Jesus is the only way to God. We worship one God through Jesus only. All other ways don’t reach to God, hence an appeal to consider this true and only way.”
Sibanda said the single was an appetiser to their fans as plans were underway for an album expected to come out next year, funds permitting.
“We pray for people to encounter God as they listen to these two songs. Apart from preaching the gospel, this single is a way of introducing ourselves to the market,” he said
“The single has two songs, which are Pamchinjikwa and Zingak’ Indlela. The message from Pamchinjikwa is an expression of gratitude that Christ died for us while we were filthy and deep in sin.
“Zingak’ Indlela is a question and answer song. Zingak’ Indlela means how many ways are there. The song then answers that there is only one way to enter heaven and that way is Jesus Christ.”
Both songs were written by Sibanda except one line, hakuna zita [there is no name] in Pamchinjikwa, which is in the public domain.
One of the country’s top producers, Tremier Msipa from Celebration Centre church — the producer for internationally-respected local gospel artist Takesure Zamar Ncube — is also behind the production of the single.
The songs were recorded at P3 Studios, owned by Maciek Malicki in the City of Kings.
Sibanda said the lead vocalists in the song Zingak’ Indlela was led by himself and Muzi Ndlovu, while Pamchinjikwa was led by Bongi Sibanda.
Other band members are Keys Bheki Dube, Sam Siwela from Outfit Band who was on the lead guitar, Hlelelani Moyo on bass, Obey Mudiwa from Outfit Band on drums and on saxophone was Vuyile Qongo.
Since its formation in 2014, D’ Song has already built a sizeable fan base on the local gospel music scene as they have performed at a number of concerts in the Matabeleland region.
The band has been reaching out to fans via live performances at concerts and other functions, listening to their wishes, which has helped them to connect with fans and build loyalty.
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