Gospel's rising star shines
THE day Ruth Nongogo was kicked out of the school choir by her teacher-cum-choir conductor could have been the straw that broke the camel's back.
She could have sworn that she would no longer have anything to do with music. But, as fate would have it, she is today more than just another voice.
The rising gospel artist's second album, Yes I Know, has produced a live DVD, coincidentally shot at the same school from which she was rejected as a chorister.
One of the songs from her record has already been turned into an "anthem" at Izwi Lethemba Community Radio station in East London.
The song, Inqwelo(Xhosa for transport), is said to help people cope with their daily struggles.
"They want 'to get on' and be part of the salvation movement. There is not a day without this song being asked for by listeners," a jubilant Nongogo said.
She recounts how the project was made possible and funded by her pastor Zakhele Ntiwane, who is also a dedicated community worker, who sold CDs from the boot of his car for the initiative to take off.
But, that is not all, Ntiwane had a hand in the founding of a skills development initiative for which Nongogo and other youths designed and made the garments that were worn during the live DVD shoot.
"The same clothes worn during the filming were designed by the youth and they are taught everything from scratch by professional designers," Nongogo proudly told Sowetan.
But Nongogo, 33, does not only have her sight set on a music career. She is also a video editor at Power of the Cross Church, a self-taught graphic designer and a trainee radio presenter at Izwi Lethemba Community Radio station.