Gospel star has right stuff
THE SON of the late gospel star Oleseng Shuping says performing at the Mangaung Cultural Festival on Sunday, with an icon like Benjamin Dube, is a big deal for him and his career.
"This will be my first big performance and I am going all out. I wont disappoint my father's fans," the confident Segomotso Shuping says.
Oleseng died on July 13 2010 after a long battle with pneumonia. His health started deteriorating in 2007 after a horrific car accident in Free State that left him crippled and unable to speak and sing.
The 19-year-old gospel singer followed in his fathers footsteps after high school but wishes his father was here to witness his musical journey taking off.
"I've always wanted to get into music. My father advised me to finish school first and I wish he was here to see me perform," he says.
Shuping released his debut album, Ntshegofatse, in March and says his performance includes tracks from his new album as well as some of his father's best hits.
He says he is grateful that his father's fans have accepted him and understand that he is not imitating or trying to replace him.
Shuping says he gets his strength from God and his ancestors.