Date:20 May 2018 - By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho
The Living Rock is a gospel band that believes in the power of live performances and live recordings, as they say music lovers relate easily to this kind of music.
While the band has its roots in Bolobedu, it boasts members from Vhembe District, other parts of the country and the DRC. It was founded in 2013 by Kgoshi Norman Mmoloko Tshwale.
So far, it has become popularly known for its multi-lingual traditional gospel songs from its two live albums, entitled Ka Thapelo and Jeso O lerato.
“We have committed to writing new songs and bringing out new melodies that send out a fragrant smell of praise and worship unto God,” the group's spokesperson, Hlayisani Shikwambana, said. “As a gospel group we are looking forward to reaching out to many other African countries and intercontinentally as we continue to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ through our music.”
The Living Rock‘s latest album, Jeso O Lerato, is a great milestone that has propelled the group to the next level. The standout songs include Kembo, Bombo ra Vakreste, Tshabela kgo Jeso, Rea Livhuwa, and Siphila ngo moya. “We also released a DVD along with this CD, and the video has great resolution and quality sounds as well,” he said. “Just like on the previous album, Jeso o Lerato has allowed people to choose their own favourite songs as it contains many hits within it.”
The group maintains that the kind of songs they sing are entirely inspired by day-to-day living and how God takes people through every challenge to victory.
“As The Living Rock, we are continuing to produce music that brings spiritual fulfilment by advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Shikwambana. “We focus on the work of God at hand and building an altar of praise and worship for our African continent and intercontinentally, through melodies.”
The Living Rock's music is available in music stores. The group is available on Facebook and can be reached on 079 672 4834.
The bassist of The Living Rock, Hlayisani Shikwambana.
By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho
Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.