Rape survivor sings to heal souls and spread love

Everson Luhanga

Gabisile gives love, care and peace to many children in and around Tembisa.

Besides taking care of the orphans and disabled children, she spreads the message of love. She teaches people by telling her story of survival through music. 

Gabisile Khoza is an Afro-jazz, maskandi and gospel musician with a golden voice. She said:

•    I sing to heal the hurting souls in the world. 

•    I sing to fight injustice and bring awareness.

•    I sing to motivate.

•    I sing about my life.

•   I preach about love and harmony in my music.

She said when she was growing up she used to imitate the likes of Brenda Fassie to the extent that people called her Brenda.

But when she had shows in the US, people told her that her music sounded more like that of the late Mama Miriam Makeba.

The 52-year-old Gabisile said she started her career as a teenager performing at church events, funerals, parties and other functions. 

“In those days, people used to tell me that I will one day be a successful musician.” 

During the lockdown, Gabisile released a song called E’bredella

E’bredella aims to encourage people to stay positive amid the hardships that came with the pandemic.

“People faced financial challenges, hardships in marriages, sickness and in some instances death. But beside the storm, my song speaks about positivity, love and hope,” she said.