Choir worships at altar of precision
POPULAR international preacher, Bishop TD Jakes, once said the call of worship musicians or singers is to minister to God, not the people. Limpopo gospel group Worship House know that very well.
That is evident in the way the nine-year-old choir delivers its music and the emphasis it puts on glorifying God.
Its worship music is usually so intense that the spirit is easily transferable to the audience.
Another noticeable attribute of the group is the spirit of excellence.
It is as much to look at as it is to listen to. It makes an effort to have aesthetic appeal. Whether the singers are decked out in their traditional garb or contemporary fare, they go all out.
"We believe in giving all to God. Everything offered to him has to be excellent.
"We are in this to sing to the glory of God. Our position is God first. We do not run after things we run to the giver of things.
"This is ministry. Our commission is to preach the gospel all over the world," group spokesman, Pastor Shemaya Makota says.
The 40-member group was formed by Pastor Isaac Dagada - a former station manager at the now-defunct Radio Thohoyandou and a prominent businessman - after he noticed worshippers flocking to his church.
The group is famous for singing in Zulu, Tsonga, Sotho and even in Shona, that is despite having Venda roots. Worship House have also unearthed solo talents such as Lufuno Dagada and Makwena Nkosi.
Makota says the group was created to revolutionise the way gospel music is viewed by the youth and South Africans in general.
To achieve that end, Worship House delivers diverse and joyous music.
"We want to influence mainly the youth spiritually and socially by being a pure and positive factor in their lives," he says.
The group not only wants to touch the youth spiritually, but also materially. As such, all proceeds from the sales of their DVDs, CDs and live performances go towards a youth rehab centre and building a recording studio.
The centre takes care of Aids-affected orphans and drug addicts. Also, within the group, there are 13 underprivileged members whom the band gives financial support to undertake their secondary and tertiary education.
"Our band members are seen as role models by the youths in their communities and draw their success from the support of that very same community.
"All members are born- again Christians and their transformation has not only brought pride to the surrounding communities, but it has also inspired a lot more of their peers to come to salvation," Makota says.
The group has had many accolades bestowed on them, including a Venda traditional group award at the SATMAs, best gospel group at the SABC Munghana Lonene FM Awards, best music DVD at the SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards and more. Add to that, an impressive array of 10 live and technically sound offerings of praise and worship CDs and DVDs.
The group recently released True Worship 2012, a product that is packed with traditionally composed worship songs.
"The songs transcend culture, age and race. In this phenomenal album, everyone is catered for as most of the South African languages are represented and even those beyond our shores. We encourage people to buy it," Makota says.
And it is not about to slow its momentum, as it is about to deliver a project called Worship Hip House Project Nine.
Makota says: "The special project is going to be recorded in Soweto at Grace Bible Church on July 27.
"Our mission is to look for souls to win. As long as they have breath. The Bible says everything that has breath must praise the Lord." - email@example.com