1. Worship Saints has slowly creeped into the Nations hearts as one of South Africa’s break out new groups. How has the team taken that?
There is so much gratitude within the team. Seeing God take our ministry to greater heights is not only a blessing but a fulfilment of a promise that God gave us when we started.
2. Although only releasing your first album ‘Glory Revealed’ in December 2017, Worship Saints’ journey started a few years ago. Please tell us how the group came to be.
The group was birthed in Malamulele township from fellowship and what we used to called “After school Jam sessions” about 8 and half years ago.. Four teenagers namely, Nkateko, Mukutsuriwa ,Vukosi and Salvation used to meet in a garage after school just to make music. At the time, they used to call themselves GMP, short for “Garage Music Production”. One-day God spoke to Nkateko saying there was more to these sessions than just pleasure. The vision was shared with the other members and the rest is history.
3. How has the group managed to stay together?
The vision was clearly explained to every member that was invited to be part of the Group. With this clarity, everyone has played their role in ensuring that we keep the main thing the
main thing, in our case, this is ministry.
4. Introduce each member of your group to our readership
- Bongile Nkomo (Soprano)-Joined in 2010
- Nonhlanhla Mabasa (Soprano)-Joined in 2011
- Glenda Kgatle Soprano)-Joined in 2017
- Nyeleti Baloyi (Alto)-Joined in 2010
- Shiluva Mswanganye (Alto)-Joined in 2011
- Singita Rikhotso (Alto)- Joined in 2017
- Mbhoni Mzamani (Tenor)-Joined in 2011
- Nkateko Manganye (Founder, Director and Tenor)- Since 2009
- Praise Mathebula (tenor)- Joined in 2017
- Mukutsuriwa Makamu (Founding member, MD, 1st Keys)-Since 2009
- Makungu Shishonge (2nd Keys)- Joined in 2017
- Nsuku Mabasa (Bass)- Joined in 2010
- Tendani Tshiredo (Bass/Drummer)- Joined in 2017
- Hlawulekani Mashaba (Drummer)- Joined in 2017
- John Ekoru (Lead Guitar) – Joined in 2017
- Gerald Maluleke (Manager)- Joined in 2012
- Muhluri Minyuku (Deputy Manager)- Joined in 2011
- Ndzalo Chuma (Head of Admin)- Joined in 2011
- Tsundzukani Maluleke (Admin-Organiser)-
- Ndzalama Hobyani- (Media)
- Vukosi Khosa (Founding Member, Admin assistant)
5. Your latest offering has only 8 tracks and most would say a few more songs were needed to have a full album, please walk us through the decision behind the recording.
The album was birthed out of prayer and consultation with God. Our financial constraint was restricting us from recording an album. We asked God for direction and his answer was “Do what you can and let me do the rest”. From our own pockets, we obeyed God and did exactly what he said. We could only afford to record 5 songs and God has been faithful with the rest.
6.Being a new group how do you stick to your identity and not seek to emulate other more established artists?
We do not have an identity out of God, so we let him dictate our direction as a ministry. We cannot easily package ourselves so we hope that those that follow our ministry become as open as we are to the new thing God is doing.
7. All your songs are original compositions, which is a desperate need for the South African gospel industry, what is the process the group goes through when composing new songs?
We believe that any new song sang to God is a revelation from him and him alone, so we do not have a defined process. Many of the songs were birthed either out of a situation, reflection, prayer or a revelation from the word of God. All this connects back to relationship with God.
8. Your current hit song ‘Ukahle’ has become an anthem of gratitude, please take us through the writing process of that song
U kahle was written by our Founder and Director, Nkateko. When he explains the story, he says that it was during his third year at University. All that could possibly go wrong went wrong; from his academic performance deteriorating, to being rejected for everything he applied for. As he was studying, God sang the words “Yehovha u kahle”. This was a song of Faith and gratitude. And as we could all imagine, nothing was good about his situation but God is constant in our lives.
9. On your album sleeve you have written a Note of Gratitude and within are Pastor Eric Maluleke and Pastor Themba Manana, please share with us the impact they have had on your group
Pastor Eric Maluleke is a Dad to us. When we started back in 2009, he was one of the few people we spoke to and explained our vision to. He supported us and always encouraged us. We always knew that we could turn to him for advice and assistance whenever we were lacking. Even to this day, the man of God attends our events and gets very cross at us when we fail to invite him.
Pastor Themba Manana is one humble man of God. He was very instrumental in the making of Glory Revealed. When we shared with him our desires to record live at his church, his exact words were ‘Tell us what you need and we will try our best to assist, if we cannot, then we will find those who can”. He did not know much about the ministry at the time but was fully committed to see the vision come to life.
We are grateful for these two great men of God.
10. What is the importance of upcoming artists to have a Pastor Eric and Pastor Themba in their journey?
The passing on of wisdom and accountability. For everything that one does, they need a covering. There are things that Ps Themba negotiated on our behalf which we could have otherwise used bad judgement on. The most beautiful thing about it is that, they tell the truth but allow you to be independent as far as your decision making is concerned.
11. You have made your debut on Gospel Classics and 1Gospel already, what can our readership expect from Worship Saints in 2018?
“U kahle” is already playing on 1Gospel and we are so grateful for the platform. More videos will be played on your screens. Last year we shot Gospel Classics and the episode will play sometime in the first half of the year. We will be doing more TV shoots and we will update everyone on our social media pages.
2018 for us is about being more visible and going out to minister at different parts of the Country. We are starting with our Launch in Johannesburg in February and we plan to cover 4 more cities before July 2018.
12. Which artists are you looking at collaborating with in the mere future?
We would like to continue working with Ditiro Maubane, Wisdom Kay and Leon Maswanganye. These are great friends of ours who really have great passion for the ministry.
Dr Tumi is an artist we would really love to work with. He is a dreamer and such a great believer, we would like to have some of that contagious energy.
Lastly, the lovely Hlegiwe Mthethwa (Ntombela). She is such a great minister, songwriter and musician