boost for gospel group
SIX GIRLS will leave for Nigeria to record their first gospel album under the auspices of the Tim Omotoso Global Outreach programme.
The group, known as the Chrysolites, are billed to record their first album on September 21 in Nigeria's largest city, Lagos.
The outreach programme, which uses music to help orphans and street children, was founded by the Jesus Dominion International Church headed by Pastor Timothy Omotoso in South Africa.
The programme helps vulnerable children to reclaim their lives by tapping into their hidden musical talents and helps them to abandon drugs and crime.
Some of these street children formed a mass choir based in Durban known as Covenant Voices.
The Covenant Voices later produced the Chrysolites.
Pastor Omotoso said his vision was to see the youth being nurtured and inspired to achieve their goals and become responsible members of society.
He said the first group had proved themselves in the past two years and were now going to record a gospel album in Lagos.
"As a former music director, I noticed that these children have an amazing talent despite their disadvantage.
"I took it upon myself to expose their talent," Omotoso said.
He said taking people off the streets was in his heart.
"I want to see myself at the centre of the will of God. I have a responsibility to ensure that all people get help.
"We take people off the streets throughout the country and live with them through the grace of God.
"It's become the church's task to send all the children back to school," Omotoso said.
Chrysolites leading member Thabile Mkhwanazi said it was by the grace of God that their futures had been resuscitated.