New artist on the block

Lonwabo Klaas.

Young Khayelitsha gospel artist Lonwabo Klaas, has released his first gospel album titled Akwaba Singalunga and has been performing around the province to promote it.

The 28-year-old Site B-based muso says the album contains many songs which reflect his own life experiences and what God has done for him.

He says he felt that he needed to pour out his heart into this album and talked about the battles he encountered, which he hoped others would be able to relate to.

He says part of the plan was to introduce him to the audience so that they could understand who this new guy in the market is.

He says gospel music enables him to connect to his creator and acknowledge his presence.

He recorded the album towards the end of last year but battled to cover the costs of recording.

To make things worse, shortly before he could complete the recording, he lost his job.

At that point, he told Vukani, he considered throwing in the towel, but God had other plans for him and his family stepped in and raised the money he needed.

He says he hopes that the album, which has been well-received, will launch his gospel career.

“I want my songs to bring healing. I want to be a well-known artist. I want to use the gift that I have to spread the word of God.

“I’m a child of Khayelitsha and I urge them to throw their weight behind this album.

“The album speaks about daily challenges and I want it to make a difference to whoever listens to it,” he says.

Sharing a bit about his background, he told Vukani he started singing in Sunday school and in 2008 he joined a local choir to help improve his singing skills.

He says he is now focusing fully on his career and has urged the public to support his career.