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By Patience Bambalele | 2017-09-02 12:44:38.0

For Ikwekwezi FM producer, Bathabile Skhosana, music is both a gift and a calling.

Skhosana began her journey as a gospel singer at just five. By the time she was 15 she was leading a worship choir at her father's church. But, she abandoned her first love and pursued journalism.

When she kick-started her solo career in 2012, joining ZuzMuzi Records it was not a surprise to those who knew her well. In fact, they felt that her album was long overdue.

She dropped her debut Yebo Kunjalo, which introduced her to a wider audience. The album won the best gospel female award, while the title track won the best traditional gospel song at the Mpumalanga Gospel Music Awards.

"I am happy with the response that I got from the first album and it turned out to be a success. The love that I have received from the public has been amazing."

Now she returns with her second offering Sifikil'iskhathi, which was recorded live.

In the 13-track album, Skhosana presents a fusion of contemporary and traditional gospel delivered with soulfulness and a powerful voice.

Zakhele Mabena, the music director of Marikana - The Musical composed the album.

Skhosana also worked with Khulekani Mndawe and Prince Kabini.

"The songs speak about different situations, but they are all about worship and praise. Some songs glorify the countless blessings that we get from God," she says.

Skhosana is one of those musicians who don't write down lyrics when composing.

"Take the title track of my album, the song just came to me. I started singing the lyrics."

Apart from her beautiful voice, Skhosana has a combination of talents. She has a degree in journalism, and worked as a news reader at Ligwalagwala FM before she became a producer. She is also a part-time actor.

"When I studied journalism I knew that at some stage I would have to go back to singing. Music is a calling and a gift to me. I knew about that since I was young. Though it is challenging to balance it with my career as a producer, a mother and wife, but I am pleased."

Her acting stint came in 2015 in the musical theatre show Isambulo - the New Hymn Book staged at the South African State Theatre.