Date:01 August 2021 - By: Kaizer Nengovhela
The well-known gospel singer, Takie Sikhwivhilu, made a well-received comeback with the release of her latest gospel album, called Vho nkhulela Yehova, earlier this month.
This album is her fifth and is already making waves in the gospel-music industry with tracks such as Athinao Maipfi, Dzikani and Vho nkhulela Yehova.
Sikhwivhilu started devoting her time to producing gospel music at a very young age. She started singing at church during Sunday school. “I just sang along with everyone, but people remarked on my beautiful voice. That is the reason why I decided to take music seriously.”
She said that too many Christians relied on their own understanding and did not invite God to be a part of their everyday lives and decisions. “They fight their battles alone, forgetting to let God take care of everything and end up losing in everything they do,” she said.
Sikhwivhilu’s breakthrough in her music career had taught her that one should not give up on dreams - even if one had no resources. “It has been years since I started singing, but I had this objective of becoming a professional artist. When you have a dream, there is no need to hurry because good things come to those who wait. The most important thing is to focus and continue with what you are doing, and an opportunity will present itself,” she said.
Although she is happy to have realised her dream of releasing an album, she admits that getting airplay at various radio stations is very difficult when you’re a relatively unknown artist. “I have submitted my music to different radio stations, but they seldom play my songs, even though the feedback I get from my fans is overwhelming. But I continue to believe that, in time, my music will also be heard on radio and reach a wider audience,” she said.
Local gospel singer Takie Sikhwivhilu has just released a brand-new album, called Vho nkhulela Yehova. Photo supplied.
By: Kaizer Nengovhela
Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror more than a decade ago, in 2 000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.