Lundi shares the stage with gospel's greatest
FANS of gospel music's bad boy, Lundi Tyamara, will be thrilled to know that he will be performing at the Ukhozi FM Gospel Music Festival.
The festival takes place at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on August 4 2012.
Tyamara, who has won the battle against drugs, is making his biggest comeback since 2010.
"I am very excited about the show," he says.
"It is my biggest in a long time.
"There will be a very big band and choir accompanying me. I was also motivated by the response of my latest album, Ndimlo."
Tyamara says he will be bringing along Donny of Basheshe Bahleke fame, who features in his song Mphefumlo Wam.
Tyamara will share the stage with gospel giants such as Rebecca Molope, Solly Mahlangu, S'fiso Ncwane, S'phiwe Tabete, Winnie Mashaba, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Sechaba Pali, Sipho Makhabane, Israel Mosehla, Thobekile Mkhwanazi, Keke Phoofolo and Pastor Ncanda.
Pino Di Benedetto, managing director of EMI Music, which represents some of South Africa's biggest gospel acts, says from 10am the stadium will erupt into song.
"The public loves these artists and I believe their working together is beneficial to society," Di Benedetto says.
He says the event is sponsored by Vodacom and Ukhozi FM.
"It is not only about the music, but also motivation to worship God and changing the lives of people who think there is no hope," he says.
Makhabane says the proceeds from the festival will go to the Arnie Williams Foundation for Abused Women and Children.
"Faith-filled fans will not only be receiving, but will also be giving back to a critically-important cause, which is sure to benefit beyond the stellar performances promised for this extraordinary show."
Makhabane promises that security will be in place to ensure that fans have an awesome experience.
"Musically, fans of great gospel can expect to hear and see classic performances from each of the performers.
"Some old, some new and even more Ukhozi FM Gospel Music Festival's greatest hits.
"For example, Rebecca Molope will be delivering an hour-long performance, that is sure to be met with rapturous applause all round.
"Add dancers and a sound and lighting rig to challenge the best stages out there and all that's needed to make the day a sellout success is a congregation keen to keep faith at the top of their minds, thanks to a choir of fans singing along in unison."
Tickets cost R80, R100 and R130 and are available from Computicket. The gates open at 8am and the show runs from 10am until 7pm.