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GOSPEL singer Ben Dlamini, pictured, is back with his third release, Inkosi Inamandla.
Famously known as Pastor Ben on the music scene, the singer's latest project shows he is growing musically. He already proved that with his last album, Yizwa Imithandazo Yethu, that was released last year.
The most notable difference was the lyrical direction, with a greater focus on empowering the believer than focusing on the vertical relationship.
"The album is about hope and healing. I focus my attention on hope because I have figured out that people lose it easily," he says.
"What I am saying in this album is that if we do not give up our prayers will one day be answered."
Pastor Ben, who is quite a character, says the album is a healer to those who are gravely ill and gives them hope. He says since he is a spiritual person, his music is inspired by it.
"I believe in God and in the spiritual world. So my music is a mix of both influences. I listen to what the spirit says and follow it.
"We all feel this connection but some are not sensitive enough to understand," says the Mpumalanga-born singer.
Pastor Ben says his latest album has received a positive response, especially when he performs live. He recently toured with Ikwekwezi FM around Mpumalanga, doing what he loves to heal people musically.
His passion for music started at an early age. In 1994 he came to Johannesburg hoping to take his music to another level.
But it was not an easy road, he says. Like all musicians he struggled before he found the right channels in the industry. It took him more than 16 years to clinch a recording deal.
Pastor Ben even tried his luck at acting. His break came when he joined Isidingo as a background extra for three years. But he says it is only now that he is tasting the the fruits of his labour.