ENTERTAINERS

DR TUMI

In a season where there’s a deeper yearning for new songs, award winning gospel artist Dr Tumi stands out as one who writes word based songs that are bridging the gap. Dr Tumi is not only a gifted songwriter par excellence but he is also a seasoned minister of song, who is graced with in season melodies that flow from the throne.

Dr Tumi writes songs that are in synch with the Lord’s move of the season.A former lead singer for award winning gospel group – Intense, Dr Tumi composed all the songs for the group’s album – Heart2Heart, save one. He also wrote all 16 tracks of his debut album – Heart of a King, which won Best RnB Gospel Award at the SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards in 2012, where he was also nominated in four categories.

Dr Tumi’s inspiration for song writing is derived from fellowship, the word and experiences in his day to day journey with the Lord. His songs transcend generations, cultures and times as they are riddled with the word, which is always in season.

Dr Tumi reveals that song is the primary language that connects him with the Giver of gifts, who has endowed him with unparalleled song writing abilities.

Dr Tumi is fast becoming a sought after songwriter for contemporary gospel. He has written songs for a number of gospel artists in South Africa. Dr Tumi, who is also a medical doctor, wants his word based prophetic songs to change lives by ministering healing, inspiration, hope, new meaning, revival and experience of God on another dimension. So anointed are Dr Tumi’s song that he is often inundated with testimonies from those whose lives are touched and impacted by the richness of the substance found in his songs.

Dr Tumi, who is a producer, songwriter, instrumentalist and vocalist, started off his music career in Sunday school decades ago. Dr Tumi just released his latest live offering called Love and Grace, a 15 track album packed with fresh new songs that he all wrote and produced. The album has reached gold status within two months of its release.

 

THAMI NGUBENI

Thami Ngubeni is a South African actress, presenter, writer, editor, radio personality and producer who first became known for presenting various television shows as a teenager.

Shows she appeared in include Teleschool, Man 2 Man, Talk Talk and Live Your Dreams.

She went on to roles on the soapie Generations, the drama series Molo Fish and the comedies Suburban Bliss and Going Up.

In 2004 she appeared as Sabina Siko in the film Critical Assignment and in the same year she was in the film Country of My Skull but her scenes were deleted.

Ngubeni has also been a host and interviewer on the lifestyle magazine show Free Spirit and in 2005 and 2006 she played a lead role in the wineland drama series Known Gods, as the character of Nana Soci.

In 2011 she hosted her own show The Scarlet Lounge on DStv’s Christian channel ONE Gospel.

Her television writing work includes scriptwriting for the magazine show Top Billing and the game show Family Fortunes.

On radio Ngubeni has been a newsreader and the host of her shows on Metro FM including an entertainment show and a motivational show The Sacred Space.

She has also spent time living in Los Angeles. While there, she worked as a DJ at the American Radio Network (ARN), a syndicated cable network covering the greater L.A. region.

In 2007 Ngubeni played one of the lead doctors, Dr. Ingrid Nyoka, in the medical drama series Jozi-H. On 2 May, 2007 she was appointed as the editor of The Oprah Magazine in South Africa. She resigned after a year in the job.

Ngubeni also owns her own media called Tamzin that creates and produces media for TV, film, radio and print and in 2006 she wrote and co-published a book entitled My Sacred Spaces with Penguin Books.

Her theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet as Juliet, Sizwe Banzi is Dead as Sizwe, The Crucible as Tituba, and Fagin in Oliver Twist.

 

LEBO SEKGOBELA

Lebo Sekgobela is a South African based anointed, award winning and best selling gospel artist, who was born in Sebokeng, Gauteng Province on the 19th of September 1981. She is blessed to be coming from a loving and supportive family. Lebo is married to Lucky Sekgobela (manager) and they are blessed with 3 adorable kids.

In her musical career she has had the privilege to minister through music in many places in her country of birth South Africa as well as abroad in places such as Singapore, New York, London, Chicago, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, to name but a few.

Lebo Sekgobela is signed under her independent label Sekhorane Productions and has released 3 albums so far namely: Ithemba Lami, By His Grace and the Restored album. However, it is her latest album, Restored that has turned the waves to make Lebo Sekgobela a household name.

Released in July of 2016, the album has reached a multi-platinum status, selling well over 100 000 units for the 2016/2017 season, (RISA confirmed).

Furthermore, the most popular song from the album, “Lion Of Judah” has been duped a national anthem having topped radio charts across the country, not only the gospel music charts, but across mainstream charts too. Nominated at the SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards 2017 – BEST SONG OF THE YEAR.

The song has been a heavy contender in the music industry as a whole and has seen the song being nominated for the Best Song Of The Year in the recent Metro FM awards (It was the only gospel song in the said category). Furthermore, Lebo Sekgobela was nominated for the South African Music Awards in the following categories: Best Female Artist of The Year and For Best song of the year “Lion of Judah”

 

LEBOHANG KGAPOLA

When you have worked with some of South Africa’s great and award-winning artists like Khaya Mthethwa, Neville D, Ernie Smith, Loyiso Bala, Lira, Kelly Khumalo, Brian Temba, Musa Sukwene, Robbie Malinga and including internationally acclaimed Grammy award winning Israel Houghton, that is definitely an indication of how amazingly talented you are. Lebohang Kgapola ticks off all the boxes for working with these artists, and for her that is just the beginning. But who is Lebohang Kgapola?

Well, born and bred in Mpumalanga, Lebohang is a middle child of three, raised in a Christian home where her burning passion for singing began in church at the tender age of 7. Her extraordinary unique hoarse alto tone came to light on Sunday mornings, belting out solo performances of classics such as “Amazing grace”, “Lamb of God” and “I surrender all”. These are counted her all-time favourite songs which carry sentimental value to this bubbly extrovert.

Lebohang has been featured by various prominent artists as a lead singer, including;
– Khaya Mthethwa’s award winning live DVD, The Dawn
– Loyiso Bala’s Kingdom Come studio album, and
– Ernie Smith’s studio album, Closer.

Lebohang was announced a finalist at the 4th Annual National SA Indies Music Week, held at Gold Reef City, Johannesburg, South Africa. In August 2017 she won an Ingoma Award (Independent National Gospel Music Award) at the 4th Annual SA Ingoma Awards. In September, Lebo was selected to be one of the opening acts for Stellar award winner, Da T.R.U.T.H, on his South African Tour.

 

DUMI MKOKSTAD

Dumi Mkokstad (Mdumiseni Nzimande) is a 27 year Born again Gospel Musician from Mount ayliff (Cabazana), grew up singing in the Streets of KOKSTAD and NJ SITHOLEs Gods army Revivals where He was given the name “Mkokstad” at the age of 9.

Dumi was discovered by Hamilton Kubashe in a funeral at Qumbu in the Eastern Cape. Kubashe took Dumi and His Family as a Group called (Vision of Christ) to record their First Album in JHB. Unfortunately things didn’t go well, Dumi then was helped by Percy Ingle to get a Recording deal with BULA MUSIC in the year 2003 and he recorded 5 Album with the Company.

He Recorded Five (5) Albums:
– Self titled “DUMI MKOKSTAD” (2003)
– NGIVUMELE (2005)
– HAMBA MPHEFUMULO (2006)
– ANGIKAMBONI (2007)
– and KUBO BONKE OTHIXO. (2009)

These albums helped break Dumi into the Gospel scene and He has never looked back although there has been ups and downs due to different reasons, one main reason ,the importance of education and him being able to complete his matric and university. In 2010 Dumi released his 6th Album with BIG MUSIC under The late Big Boy Mlangeni, this album earned Dumi his first 2 nomination at the SABC Crown Gospel Music awards. Unfortunately Big Boy then passed in in 2011 and Dumi was left with no one to work with.

While hustling trying to make hands meet, he met Mxolisi Mhlongo who had produced several of his Albums and They Recorded and released the Album “MBIZE in the year 2012”. This Albums has sold more copies than any of Dumi’s past Albums. Over 50 000 copies in 2 Years.

The same Album also won Best Song 2013 and Classic of All Time (Getsemane). He went on to feature and write songs for other musicians such as BETUSILE, HLENGIWE MHLABA, THINAH ZUNGU and SPIRIT OF PRAISE.

In 2015 Dumi released his next project titled (UKHONA UTHIXO) The Album sold Gold in 6 Months and it is now approaching Platinum status. This Album also won him (Best Song 2015) at the crown Gospel Awards. And BEST MALE at the Eastern Cape Music awards. He also got his first performance at the Metro FM Music award and South African Music awards.

Dumi has also presented a TV show on DUMISA TV, Channel 340 on DSTV, a show which was called AMACILONGO. He also owns a recording studio called SHAMMAH RECORDS, which he’s using to assist the up and coming artists, so they could get recording deals with bigger stables.

Dumi has now released his New Album titled “EGAMENI LIKA JESU”

 

TAKIE NDOU

Takie (Aubrey Takalani Ndou) is an anointed Songwriter, a Psalmist, Music Producer and Worship Leader.  His music has grown in South Africa, in the Continent and around the World.  He recorded two albums which were well received in the market.  His most recent album titled “PSALMS OF HOPE” has just gone GOLD in November 2017.  This Album brought fresh sound and with his highly anointed voice he made a great impact in the country.

Takie has performed in South Africa’s biggest shows like, Gospel Goes Classical 2017, Macufe Festival, Mapungubwe Festival, Cell C Gospel show, Bold Music shows, Gospel Gold Tour and also toured countries like Botswana, Lesotho, Germany, USA, Trinidad and Tobago, Rwanda, etc.

Takie Ndou has just landed himself 3 nominations at the 2017 SABC Crown Gospel Awards for:  BEST MALE ARTIST, BEST WORSHIP SONG and Best PODUCER.

NOMINATIONS

3 SABC Crown Awards nominations 2017, 3 SABC Crown Awards Nominations 2016

2 FAME Awards Nominations 2015 and 2016, Mzansi Christian Awards Nominations 2016

1 Metro FM Music Awards Nomination 2014, 4 Nominations at the SABC Crown Gospel Awards

2013 and 2014, 1 Nomination at TSHIMA (Phalaphala FM) 2014 and 1 Mzansi Christian Awards Nominations 2015

AWARDS

SABC CROWN GOSPEL AWARDS 2013 for BEST COLLABORATION

INGOMA AWARDS 2013 for SONG OF THE YEAR, ARTIST OF THE YEAR & ALBUM OF THE YEAR

METRO FM MUSIC AWARDS 2014 for BEST URBAN GOSPEL ALBUM

MZANSI CHRISTIAN AWARDS 2015 for Best Styled Gospel Artist and

FAME AWARDS 2016 for Best Styled Personality of the year

Takie will be recording the Live DVD on 30 June 2018 at the Pretoria State Theatre to be titled …..

 

TAKESURE ZAMAR NCUBE

Takesure started playing instruments when he was a teenager, not sure of the year exactly, but he recalls the first instrument he started off with was keyboard the formal way.  He says Enock Lazalo, a man who used to play for Brian Sibalo some years ago, was the first person who taught him how to play the keyboard.  He would rehearse a lot and then he started to play at church.  Thereafter he went to Zimbabwe College of Music to pursue music and obtained a Diploma in Music.  By then he was mature enough to hear the call of God upon his life and was very sure that God was pushing him to pursue music professionally.  He didn’t know that it was going to turn out this big.  By then his pastor would ask if he was really sure if he was supposed to pursue music and not pastoring, he truly belived that Takesure ought to be a pastor that was his area.  Takesure on the other hand strongly felt otherwise.  At that time he was based in Gwanda working for the Sports and Recreation Commission as a Sports Coordinator of Matabeleland South.  He resigned from work because going to school demanded that he be there fulltime.

His favorite instrument is the piano but he also plays the Guitar, saxophone a bit of dums the mbira and marimba.

I was featured as Guest Artist on Joyous Celebration 19, 20 and 21.  That is when I introduced Shona songs to Joyous Celebration like “KUREGERERA IN ADVANCE”.  It is these songs and ‘UMOYA WAMI UYAKUDINGA” amongst others, that put me on a high peak.

I have seen the grace of God and being elevated to levels I have never imagined.  From staying in the streets and sleeping in the streets to staying in Five Star Hotels and being treated as royalty.

It is in this year 2017 that I have joined BOLD MUSIC and ENTERTAINMENT.  The album is out and released in October and is enjoying great reception.

“From Dusty streets to Glory”

 

KHULEKANI MBAMBO

Was born and raised in Duban and has lived in Ntuzuma and recently moved to Inanda. His childhood was very church based with his dad being a Pastor. Khulekani has a twin and two other siblings so they made his childhood very easy. He appreciates spending quality time with his family and friends be it at social events especially since Khulekani loves live concerts or just chilling at home. Growing up as a preacher’s kid (P.K) its not surprising that Khulekani values his relationship with God and it is this relationship that comes far above many others things in his life. The relatinships he has with family and friends comes a close second. Khulekani’s show is called Manifest and is on Mon-Fri at 5am-6am. It is all about speaking to the gifting and talents that you have inside you bearing in mind that God has hidden something in all of us and causing that gift to come to Manifest as well as coming to your true self. The show is based on the scripture Romans 8:19.

EXPERIENCE:

His radio career started in 2015 a contributor for the ‘Fresh Start.’ Growing in that space and being appointed the new host of Manifest is a big deal for Khulekani. He fell in love with Gagasi FM when he was introduced by a friend and he loved the fresh new style Gagasi FM had to offer. He was working in landscaping at the time and his highlight has being able to start his own company in July 2017 and being able to see the success of owning such a business.. Khulekani would love to see himself hosting more of primetime shows and sticking to his niche. He truly admires the idea of endless possibility within the media industry and feels that there is so much space to grow.

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If Khulekani could have super powers, he would choose teleportation because one of his dreams is to travel the world and see as much of the world as he can. What he admires about radio is his ability to have a positive impact on people’s lives and changing a life in a positive way. When it comes to brands that he would like to associated with, Khulekani names brands such as Carducci and Fabiani because they represent his sense of style. since he loves clothes and dressing up. He believes he would be a great ambassador for them.