The Worship House gospel group during the live recording of their latest DVD, titled “Project 20”. Photo: Elmon Tshikhudo.
The Christ Worship House Church at Shayandima nearly burst its seams as hundreds of gospel-music lovers assembled in the auditorium for the live DVD recording of the internationally acclaimed Worship House gospel group on Saturday, 21 October.
The multi-award-winning gospel ensemble, founded by the former Radio Thohoyandou’s station manager and businessman, Bishop Isaac Dagada, has been producing their unique gospel sound since 2003.
Their latest recording, dubbed “Project 20”, formed part of the group’s 20-years-of-existence celebration and turned into a “family reunion” as all the previous lead singers and other long-gone members of the group reunited once again for this historic occasion. Altogether 45 songs, led by old and new members, were recorded for the DVD, and the fans were singing along at the top of their voices from the first to the last song.
The group’s spokesperson, Pastor Shemaya Makota, described the occasion as a homecoming for the members who had been there at the beginning so many years ago but had left along the way left to pursue their own careers. “Worship House is not just a music group but an institution where people come to learn before pursuing their solo careers and other adventures. We are very humbled as a group to have contributed so much to the South African and global gospel arena. The atmosphere was emotional and spiritually uplifting as we got back together as a family to raise the altar of praise and worship to King Jesus,” he said.
Mr Rinae Tshikovha, one of the group’s marketing members, said the recording was an exceptional success. “This was one of the most special moments the group has ever experienced. We saw the return of Funanani Mbedzi, who led the song “Khavhandwele” on Project 2, and the return of Rahab Maponya, who led “Sweet Jesus” on Project 3. Among the other founding members who went on to make it big in the gospel spheres are Lufuno Dagada, Pastor Rudolf Mabasa, Pastor Shamaih Makota, Muvhuso Masakona, TumiB, Pastor Lavy Mlilo, Newie, Tsiko Mal, and Ndidzu Matumba,” said Tshikovha.
Entertainment - Date: 04 November 2023
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Elmon Tshikhudo started off as a photographer. He developed an interest in writing and started submitting articles to local as well as national publications. He became part of the Limpopo Mirror family in 2005 and was a permanent part of the news team until 2019.