AFTER more than 10 years as a musical director for Mzantsi’s award-winning gospel outfit Joyous Celebration, Nqubeko Mbatha is ready to take his solo singing career to the world, he told the Daily Dispatch recently.
Better known for his impressive keyboard skills, Mbatha released his second gospel album, Sentiments of a worshipper last month which he hopes will launch his international singing career.
He was speaking to the Dispatch on Friday when he visited East London as part of a national tour promoting his new album.
“The album is my first live CD and it is a double album. I wrote most of the songs from my personal experiences, it is my sentiments shared with my audience. I speak of my love for God and His love for us as His children too.”
Mbatha’s first studio album Forever I’ll worship was released in 2011. It scored him a nomination at the South African Music Awards and won him the Best Produced Album award at the SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards.
“Although I have been involved behind the scenes making music most of my career, I have always known I can sing. When I decided to leave Joyous Celebration I felt comfortable enough to focus on my solo career. I learnt a lot during my years with the group,” Mbatha said.
The double album, which has 20 songs, also features awardwinning musician Ntokozo Mbambo who is Mbatha’s wife, Khaya Mthethwa and Joyous Celebrations’ Tebello Sukwene and Mahalia Buchanan, among other artists.
“Ntokozo and I were recently in Chicago to attend an international conference we were invited to. We are definitely spreading our wings musically, we believe we have international quality in our music,” said the 34-year-old two girls.
A live-recording DVD of the album is due to be released soon.
“In this DVD people will get the chance to see me interacting with the audience and might be interested in coming to my shows and experiencing this,” he said. —