By Style Reporter
What started as a routine family prayer in the middle of the Covid-19-induced lockdown has rejuvenated the singing talent in South Africa-based Zimbabwean musician and preacher Bertha Siphosami Kasupe, who recently released a single titled Vessel of Honour.
Kasupe is also a pastor at the Good Shepherd Ministries International, a Johannesburg-based church founded by her husband Apostle Saidi Kasupe.
The musician said she knew that she was endowed with a singing voice, but never considered going into the studio despite being active in the church’s praise and worship sessions.
“I started singing and recording this year. However, at some point on our family choir sessions during the level five lockdown, we decided to revisit one of the songs I wrote some 20 years ago,” she said.
“When I wrote the song my son was a year old and considering he studied music and works part-time at a studio, he committed his time to put instrumentation to the lyrics.
“One Saturday morning we went to the studio and recorded the song. He worked through all the production processes until the song was released on September 10.”
Kasupe said if it was not for her husband’s support she would have suppressed her other talent.
“It is the persistence of my husband and my son that inspired me to sing. They believed in me so much that I gained confidence to arise. If I couldn’t do it for myself, I had to at least do it for their sake,” she said.
Vessel of Honour is her maiden project and she sees it as a launch pad to her career which somehow augments her ministering duties.
“I plan to compose and release more songs to minister to others. I would want to promote gifted singers and worshippers in our church and community by encouraging them to showcase and minister in music through the platform and umbrella of Voice of Triumph,” she said.
“I would love to see the proceeds of the music projects being ploughed back into ministering to the church and the community. For the church, I have a heart to build church buildings, ministry centres and Bible schools, among others
“For the community, I would like to focus on widows and orphans.”
Pastor Kasupe is backed by the church’s worship team.
“Our worship team is made up of gifted singers and that is my backup for live events. My son plays most of the group instruments, so when we need a full band we use session musicians from other churches,” she said.
Kasupe said her husband continued to play an important part in her life.
“He has always encouraged me to rise up and make use of this gift in me. His teachings have grounded me in the things of God,” she said.
“It is because of those teachings that my singing is not for show, but is to minister to the soul and to give life.”
Apostle Kasupe has been in South Africa for close to two decades and is one of the most sought-after preachers in that country.
He also do crusades in Zimbabwe, where his church has opened assemblies.