By: Natasha Archary
Sibusiso Desmond Mthembu, aka Sbu Noah is one of the headline artists at this year’s Kaya 959 Soul Inspired Concert. The triple SAMA award nominee and Best National Male Artist winner at the Mpumalanga Gospel Awards graces the stage at the station’s much-anticipated annual gospel showcase.
Popular for his hit songs Hallelujah Nkateko, Ewe Getsemane, Wenzile, Zundikhaphe, Ukhona La and more, Sbu Noah is all set to keep viewers Soul Inspired this year.
Headlining the concert together with Thinah Zungu, Ayanda Ntanzi and Hle, the virtual concert will speak to the hearts of viewers across all ages.
His first album, SbuNoah debuted at number one on the gospel charts in 2018. He went on to become the first gospel artist to feature in the Top 10 on the YouTube top trending list.
The 39-year old singer, songwriter and motivational speaker owes his success to his 3 moms.
First and foremost, Thembi Mthembu, who gave birth to him and raised him to put God first. Secondly, Grace Mahlaba, who gave him the chance to be the best he could be and finally, Prof. Mamokgethi Phakeng, who inspires him and pushes him to go for his dreams daily.
Sbu Noah who is currently one of the biggest gospel singers in the country was at some point told he could not sing.
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The gospel singer took to Instagram last year to recount how a person he looked up to did not believe he had what it took to make a career in music.
“I will never forget hearing someone I looked up to saying I can’t sing! It broke my heart and, frankly, I believed it since it came from them.”
Thankfully the talented vocalist chose to ignore the negativity and focus on his passion for music.
“But for the life of me, I couldn’t quit this thing inside me that just wanted to sing! It broke my heart and brought me so much pain, but I kept going.
The family man
Originally from Umlazi, KZN, Sbu later moved to Inanda when he was a teenager. His humble beginnings meant he had to overcome many obstacles. Growing up with his mother and 2 sisters, Sbu’s focus has always been on family.
Losing his mom earlier this year brought a pain he never knew existed. His close relationship with his mother meant she was his biggest supporter. It was her faith that rooted him firmly in his religion.
The ministry calling never left him and he finally gave in to following the plan of God for his life when he joined the church.
Stream the Kaya 959 Soul Inspired Concert live on 5 December is supported by SPAR.
Book your seat now and be one of the first to RSVP to the concert. Click on this link: Soul Inspired Concert supported by SPAR