FEEDING only the soul doesn’t help those who go to bed hungry.

This is what gospel musician Siyabonga Nxumalo believes.

The musician from Eshowe, northern KZN, wants to make sure he feeds his fans while they listen to his music.

He said: “They say indlala ibanga ulaka. So how can one enjoy music when there’s nothing in their stomach? As gospel musicians, we must consider giving back to the poor. We must stop asking people to support us while we’re doing nothing for them.”

He revealed that he assists the community of Abaqulusi in KZN with food parcels, motivational talks and clothing.


“I started giving back to the poor in 2016. At the time I used my own money. But when my friends witnessed what I was doing, they decided to help me. I work at the local prison and it breaks my heart to see the prison full of young people. And I believe that young people commit crime because of poverty. So as artists, it is important to do something rather than only make music,” said Siyabonga.

While helping the community, Siyabonga is also busy in studio recording his third album, which is expected to drop in April. He said his two albums, UJesu Akasoze Athi Hhay’ and Nxa Simi Ngakuye Sonqotshwa Ngubani, did well as they gained momentum and were playlisted on various radio stations.

“In these two albums, I worked with Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Thobekile Mkhwanazi and other big artists. I hope gospel fans will enjoy my next offering,” he said.

Siyabonga further revealed that Covid-19 had disturbed his plans of organising the Kuyenzeka Gospel Festival, which has been taking place annually in the Zululand district.

“The festival didn’t take place in 2020 and 2021 because of Covid-19. But through God’s grace and the assistance of Zululand District Municipality, I hope it will take place this year.”

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