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South African girls group heads to Fun In The Son

Published:Monday | July 2, 2012 | 12:00 AM
South African all-girls gospel group, Simply Chrysolite
Kirk Franklin during a 2007 performance in Montego Bay, St James. - File

For the second time in four years, the award-winning South African all-girls gospel group will share the stage with Kirk Franklin - this time at the Best Dressed Fun In the Son Gospel Festival on Saturday, July 14 at the National Heroes Park. The first time was in 2008 at the One World Music Festival, in the United States.

Simply Chrysolite of Tim Omotoso Global Outreach is the latest South African music sensation to set the international gospel world on fire with its unique blend of Zulu, English and Yoruba.

The group is made up of six young women from KwaZulu-Natal: Mabongi Shinga, Hlengiwe Nguse, Dolce Bophela, Phumzile Ngcobo, Thabiso Mkhize and Thabzo Mkhwanazi.

Passion for music

They were discovered in 2007 when they auditioned as Covenant Voices for Reverend Tim Omotoso's TOGO talent show - a programme endorsed by President Jacob Zuma as a way to channel the passion for music among young people in that country. Today, Simple Chrysolite - referred to as the 'Spice Girls of the gospel world' - holds the distinction of being the first recorded group for TOGO Records, having recorded its debut album Simply Chrysolite Volume 1.

In fact, the group shocked the secular music scene in October 2011 when they were crowned the Best International Act at the BEFFTA (Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts) London awards snatching the victory from American superstar Kelly Rowland, as well as Nigerian acts 2Face, D'banj and Whizzkid. The group was also the recent winner of a MOBO award in the United Kingdom and copped two awards at the Gospel Music Awards in Ireland in November last year - Best International Song and Best International Album of the Year.

"We are so excited to have this unique group join us for Best Dressed Fun In The Son this year. We are blessed in that they will be travelling from South Africa to Jamaica at no cost to us and we are looking forward to hearing this exciting band minister in song," said Tommy Cowan, co-producer of the Gospel festival.

Among the other performers on the festival are Junior Tucker, Papa San, Carlene Davis, DJ Nicholas, Goddy Goddy, with Evangelist Andrew Palau ministering the Word.