Always look on the bright side of life

Everson Luhanga

In a landscape of high unemployment and skyrocketing levels of depression, a gospel acapella group called Blendeo Voices has been bringing cheer to KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

Group leader Thabiso Celt said there is a lot of sadness in the world – especially these days because many people have lost their jobs due to Covid-19. He said their music lifts up the spirits of those who think the world is crashing down on them.

“In our songs, we deliver the message of hope and resilience that things will be better and whatever they are experiencing would be history,” he said.

Originally from Kwamashu in KwaZulu-Natal, the group travelled to Gauteng and performed for listeners in Braamfischerville in Soweto. “We do our performances on different platforms, where they invite us. 

“Back home in KwaZulu-Natal, we used to sing in taxi ranks, school closing ceremonies, and weddings. We also performed at different church events as most of our songs are gospel,” he said.

The group, which is solely composed of young men, said they met while in high school 11 years ago. “We have remained friends and because we discovered that we have unique talents individually, we decided to start a music group.”

Thabiso said people love their performances. “Everywhere we perform, we leave people wanting for some more. People appreciate us and people love what we do.”

Siyanda Ndlovu, who is the main songwriter in the group, said they would love to stay in the city of gold if they can secure regular gigs. “KwaZulu-Natal is our home. We have established a strong fanbase in the area where we come from. We want to do the same here in Johannesburg.”

He said their ultimate goal this year is to find a record label and the funds to record and release at least one album. 

“We want people to be able to enjoy our music at the comfort of their homes,” he said.

Siyanda also said they are on the lookout for help from anyone who is willing to sponsor them or lend a hand. “We need shows and means of transportation. We are also asking for funds to release our debut album.”