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By unknown | Apr 09, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Patience Bambalele

South African gospel singers will come together to spread an important message of peace through music.

The concert next Friday will take place at the Outreach Christian Church in Centurion, Pretoria, from 6.30pm.

The main purpose of the concert is to pray for peaceful elections on April 22.

The list of musicians who are billed to perform at the event include Tebs David, Sipho Makhabane, Redeemed, Audrey and Keke.

Tebogo Maponya, who is one of the organisers, says she is enthusiastic about the concert.

"We believe we have a responsibility as South Africans to put this concert together.

"We have put together a music concert to pray that these elections are peaceful," she said.

"Another main message of the concert will be to promote political tolerance."

Sizwe Mahlangu, another of the organisers, said the event is motivated by the fact that gospel music has a trans-cultural history and can convey strong messages.

" Gospel music is appreciated not only by churchgoers but by civil society as a whole.

"The event will certainly not be political," Mahlangu said.

"The large majority of South Africans follow gospel music. The fact that the genre is so popular means it can be effectively used to educate, communicate, bring awareness, and to canvas, among other things." .

Maponya said they will also give government officials an opportunity to talk at the event, who will focus on encouraging people to vote and als to further clarify the importance of political tolerance.


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