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WHILE many musicians struggle to get a recording deal, gospel singer Strike Moshe (aka Moses Tholo) is always head-hunted by companies.
His vocal ability and a bit of luck has given him an advantage over other musicians since he started his professional career. Moshe, who has just released his sixth album Umoya Wami says he was fortunate to land a recording deal without sweating.
"My friend and I were in a studio just to get a feel for things. One guy was playing around with a piano and I just sang the lyrics and they were impressed. They signed me right on the spot and did my two albums," he explains.
"While I was still there I got a call that Thami Mdluli was looking for artists. Once again I landed another contract without struggling."
Born in Winterveld, Pretoria, Moshe says his latest release is more about him. As someone who has worked with many musicians, his style has various influences. His style is refreshing and matured.
"This album showcases my passion as a musician. In this one it is what I feel more than what the company wants me to sound like. My style is a fusion of traditional contemporary gospel and ZCC style."
Before pursuing his solo career, Moshe worked with Solly Moholo, Winnie Mashaba and Sinky Mathe. In this album, titled Umoya Wami, Moshe goes all out to display his song writing skills by composing one of the most heart-rendering songs. In the title Umoya Wami, the singer is honouring the late Vuyo Mokoena who died in 2008.
"In my book Mokoena was a gospel king. I decided to honour him for his contribution to the music industry," he says.
"As a musician I looked up to him. In the song I am trying to put myself in his shoes when he was in pain in hospital. I tried to imagine what he was saying to himself." Moshe has released songs such as Kuyobamnandi, Ke ne ke le Moheitene, Morena Nkarabe and Rwala Merwalo. He is also a member of a promising male gospel group in the country, Exodus.