DPM steals' Sifiso Ncwane's show
MANZINI – Deputy Prime Minister Themba Masuku found himself the centre of attraction at South African gospel artist Sifiso Ncwane’s show on Friday night.
He was a specially invited guest and delivered a brief speech.
As he addressed gospel music lovers, he promised that he would sing together with Ncwane and the Sigwili Zuma. However, when he got to the end of his speech, he left the stage without having sung any song.
The audience shouted for him to sing as he had promised.
There were shouts of, "Hlabela phela..." (Start singing!).
The most important man in government simply stepped down from the stage smiling and did not respond to the shouts.
Hearing the audience shouting, Ncwane decided to take the microphone from the DPM and handed it to his wife, Ayanda.
Ayanda greeted the crowd and thanked them for making it to the show.
Only then, did the attention move from the DPM, who went to sit at the VIP table, which had been placed in front of the stage.
Masuku was among over 2 000 gospel music lovers who preferred not to sleep but spend the night at the Mavuso Trade and Exhibition Centre.
This was during an all-night gospel gig that had been organised by Ncwane.
The DPM witnessed the performances of over eight gospel groups who had been invited by Ncwane to be part of the show.
These local and South African artists included Sigwili Zuma, Abanqobi, Frans Dlamini, Moses Dlamini, Gumedze and the Gospel Warriors and Phathwakahle.
The DPM was the guest speaker after receiving a special invitation from Ncwane during the week. Masuku arrived at the venue at around 8pm and spent the better part of the night there, leaving only at after 3am.
Ncwane went onto the stage with Sigwili and rendered two songs, singing together before calling upon the DPM to take the stage and make a brief speech.
When the DPM got to the stage, Ncwane gave him the microphone to greet the public. Before making his speech, the DPM said after the speech, he would perform with Ncwane and Zuma. He thanked all those who had attended the show saying, they had done a lot in supporting the needy.
"By coming here, a lot of orphans and vulnerable children will benefit from the proceeds of the show," he said.
He also thanked Ncwane for organising such a show saying the fact that he had chosen to host a show locally showed that he had love for the country.
After Ayanda’s brief speech, Frans Dlamini took the stage and was followed by Abanqobi, a group that kept those who attended on their feet with their a cappella tunes. The music lovers waited patiently for Ncwane to take the stage for his performance which began just after 3am. By 4.30am, Ncwane was still serenading the excited audience.
Among the songs he performed was the infectious ‘Kulungile Baba’ and ‘Ngiyabonga Baba’ which were the hit of the night.
Ncwane then thanked all those who attended the show promising that he would be hosing more shows in the country.
Also winning the hearts of those who attended was Sigwili who also gave a splendid performance.
He rendered songs from his latest album, which included ‘Hamba Nami,’ ‘He Prepares’ and ‘Induku.’
The only disappointment for the fans was not seeing Zuma’s partner Babo on stage.
Sigwili apologised on Babo’s behalf, saying he could not reach the Lavumisa Border on time and therefore could not make it to the show.
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