Gospel singer on a mission

Sammy Baloyi. Pic. Antonio Muchave. 07/06/07. © Sowetan.
Sammy Baloyi. Pic. Antonio Muchave. 07/06/07. © Sowetan.

Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

Sammy Baloyi, pictured, is soft spoken, but his demeanour is misleading.

This man is ambitious.

Through his group Trinity Gospel Singers, which he formed in 2005 with fellow members of his church Unity Assembly, he wants to touch the hearts and minds of Christians and non-Christians in Africa.

The Trinity Gospel Singers have released their debut album Nyimpi, Xitsonga for war, which they market and distribute themselves.

Baloyi, Florence Makhubele, Tinyiko Shibambo, Isaac Nxumalo, Lizzy Makhubele and Disco Ngobeni are the group members.

"Our music is multicultural as it falls within the broad category of African traditional gospel. We all met in church where we are all members of the church choir," says Baloyi.

As is often the case, distribution is a teething problem in the industry. However, the Trinity Gospel Singers have a way of dealing with such hiccups.

"We are based in Diepkloof, Soweto. But we are able to reach our fans through selling our music at church conferences and special events. We sell directly to our fans after they have heard us perform. It is currently working well for us," he says.