Gospel star M’abatho Mashaba has announced a special edition of her Heritage Month playlist on Spotify. The playlist pays tribute to the faith-based artists she admires during this special month on the South African calendar. Mzansi celebrates Heritage Day on 24 September. During this holiday, South Africans are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions.
M’abatho, who started her journey and love for music at a very early age in her home village Ga-Selala Driekop in Limpopo, is currently is currently working on her Poured Out Worship album. The star released her first album titled Le Šomile in 2016. She then did her live album Intimate Moments of Worship - which is a powerful rendition of her heart.
The singer told Briefly.co.za during an exclusive interview that her Heritage Month playlist includes songs from Benjamin Dube, Mahalia Buchanan and Ntokozo Mbambo, among others. The muso said the playlist also consists of songs she listens to at home and at church.
1. Regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, what do you think God wants us to learn and take from this difficult time?
I think God wants us to learn to lean on him because times are so uncertain and everybody doesn't know what to do- what we're currently experiencing is so unfamiliar. I think this is the right time for us to put our trust in God- if ever there was a time we needed God, its now. Through what we're currently experiencing, I think God is giving us an opportunity to lean on Him as we are going through what I can call 'the darkest hour'. The bible says 'Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil', So I believe this is one of those times where no matter how uncertain you are, the only hope you have for the future- is to trust in God and put all our trust in Him.
2. What message do you have for those who are feeling helpless and losing their faith?
When you look around it's scary and a lot of people are losing their loved ones. I think at this time we should wait and God and continue trusting in God. The bible says that He will never leave us nor forsake us, so even when it looks like he is not there, this is the time we need to believe even more that He is there because He is. God is on our side- with or without the pandemic that is surrounding us.
3. How did you choose the songs that you featured on your Heritage Month playlist?
I compiled a list of songs that move me and have inspired my musical journey and will hopefully move you too! These are the songs we listen to at home, at church and in my prayer groups. This month as we celebrate our Heritage, let’s remember where our faith stems and enjoy the songs that speak to that. For good measure I've added one of my songs too for my fans, the song Leshumile.
In other entertainment news, Briefly.co.za reported that Master KG took to social media to praise songstress Nomcebo Zikode's new song titled Xola Moya Wam'. The song is taken off her recently released album Xola Moya Wami.
The world-renowned musician described Nomcebo's song as "a beautiful record". The song features Master KG himself. It was released a few weeks ago but has already garnered more than 600 000 listens on YouTube.
Mzansi social media users have also expressed that the song is a banger. Master KG, who has been keeping Mzansi and the world dancing the Covid-19 blues away, tweeted:
"But @Nomcebozikode Xola Moya Wam guys. This is a beautiful record."
The humbled singer showed her appreciation to Master KG's shout-out. She replied to him with a sweet post. Nomcebo wrote:
"Thank you Master, you are just an angel sent by God."
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