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MBABANE - “Every person has his own demons.” These were the words of popular dancer, Zodwa Libram who is popularly known as Zodwa Wabantu, who will be performing alongside men of God in the Baceth Music Festival in August.

Some people have questioned the line-up of the event on social media as it includes both Gqom artists, hip-hop artists and gospel singers. A poster of the event was shared on social media sites, with people questioning the reasoning behind mixing the different music genres.

Other artists who will perform during the festival include Babes Wodumo, Shongwe and Khuphuka, DJ Tira, Bishop Maculuve and Make Maculuve.
Zodwa Wabantu, who will also be the host of the festival alongside Gedlembane, is known for her racy dance moves and her barely there outfits. It has also been reported that she performs while not wearing any underwear.

Libram, who is also known for being outspoken, told the Times SUNDAY that people’s comments were not her concern; she got paid, and would definitely be coming to the show. She said she was aware that she had been booked alongside gospel artists for the show.
She said every person, including the men of God, had their own demons and they should not concern themselves about her. She added that the promoters of the event should be asked why she had been booked to perform with pastors. Bishop Samson Hlatshwayo of the League of Churches said it was wrong to mix worldly things with religion.

Bishop Hlatshwayo said he knew Zodwa Wabantu – the underwear-free Gqom music dancer from television and newspapers, and said things were going wrong, and the gospel of Christ was being spoiled. “We will not say anything, but the organisers should be careful. You cannot mix the gospel with worldly things,” he said.

Paraffin and water

He said if a festival involved gospel singers, it should only be a gospel festival. He said a person could not stand up and preach, and then another person speak of his own things which did not involve the Bible. “Paraffin and water will never mix,” he said.
The bishop said he condemned the event, and he did not know how the organisers of the show came about to make such a decision.

The festival’s Public Relations Officer, Bishop Maculuve, said the artists would not be performing the same song, and everyone will be doing what they were booked to do. He said the festival was organised by the shop, Baceth Hardware, which reached all kinds of people. He said the festival was not a gospel festival, and it did not belong to any church, but to Baceth, which catered for people from all walks of life..

“Those who like gospel music will find gospel artists, and those who like gqom will find Tira and the others,” he said.
He said Baceth was holding the festival for its customers, and all of them should be catered for. Maculuve added that Zodwa Wabantu and Babes Wodumo would perform at Manzini Club, and not in church.
He said an artist could hypocritically say he would not sing with other children of God, and decide not to perform during the show.

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