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Kayzo’s putting his voice to good use in worship team at his church

Themba “Kayzo” Shobede is blessing his congregation with the soothing sounds of his voice when he sings in his worshipping team at Church of the Hill.

His voice is his weapon and he wields it with aplomb.

Themba “Kayzo” Shobede is blessing his congregation with the soothing sounds of his voice when he sings in his worshipping team at Church of the Hill.

Born and bred in Kwanyamazane, Mbombela (Nelspruit), he moved to Ermelo in 2013 with his church, in what he says is his never-ending spiritual journey.

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He began singing at the age of nine at his local church.

A born leader, he began a choir aptly named “Spiritual Sounds”.

“We performed gospel songs everywhere in Kwanyamazane.

“That is where I learnt music as a whole,” says Themba.

It was during these performances that he was discovered and credited Apostle MVG Lephoko as the person who found him

“I was actually furthering my studies when a friend referred me to Mr Lephoko.”

The apostle approached him, invited him to his church and eventually pushed him to pursue music as career.

He quit his tertiary education and went to sing in the Apostle’s church.

Not just a mentor and friend, Themba reverently stated Mr Lephoko is his spiritual guide and the one person who believed in his talent.

Themba found his niche of singing Afrosoul music during this time.

Afrosoul is a music genre that is a fusion between soul music and the African sound.

Themba refers to it as “rhythm and blues sung in vernacular language”.

Even though he is a Swati native, he sings in Zulu and has released a single under his stage name “Kayzo”.

The song titled “Kuyavuma” surpassed all expectations, being played on main stream radio stations countrywide.

“I was pleasantly surprised when my song blew up, I am a church singer so it was remarkable that audiences reacted so positively.”

He acknowledged another man of the cloth who contributed to his spiritual growth.

He was introduced to Pastor Lawrence Mdaka by Apostle Lephoko and the pastor opened channels for him to pursue his gift.

Themba’s music is currently played on community radio stations around Msukaligwa.

However, he downplayed his achievements, saying his life is in the church.

He is one of several lead vocalists in the worshipping team.

Pastor Mdaka’s church is his home away from home.

“I spend all my time there.

“We create music that feeds the spiritual heart and soothes the tortured soul.”

Even though an avid gospel singer, he has not forgotten his Afrosoul music.

He hopes to release an album in his lifetime and is well on his way with all the support he is getting.

His taste for the limelight has equipped him with enough experience to help upcoming artist around Ermelo.

“It is possible to achieve any goal.

“With the right people to help and the right attitude, anything is possible for the child in the township.”

When asked if he still wanted the fame, fortune and bright lights of Johannesburg, Themba shrugged.

“I would not mind, if it is in my destiny, then it will happen.

“For now, life is the church.”

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