Andile B to launch gospel DVD shot in Port Elizabeth

Yoliswa Sobuwa

A GOSPEL DVD shot in Port Elizabeth earlier this year is being launched in Nelson Mandela Bay next week.

Gospel artist Andile Bebula, who also goes by the name Andile B, is known for having performed at taxi ranks and on busy streets.

Now fans will be able to watch him at home on their televisions.

Bebula said he decided to shoot the DVD, Andile B and Family, in Port Elizabeth so he could include his family in the music videos.

“On this DVD, I have featured my family members as my backing vocalists. My fans will get to see the best of me. This is a must-have DVD as it has healing, dancing and worshipping songs. Each song has got its own meaning,” he said.

Bebula, born in Alexandria, started singing in 1994 when he entered the Shell Road to Fame talent competition. He left Port Elizabeth in 1998 and joined the award-winning gospel group Joyous Celebration the following year.

“In 2001, I decided to record my own album and at the time I was forced to sing afro pop and the album did not do well at all. I was not comfortable with that style of music. I knew that I had to go back to my roots, that is, to sing gospel.

“In 2002, I was given a chance to record my first gospel album, Ndenze Nkosi, which was successfully followed by Jehova Jairo in 2003. Since then I have been blessed with nine albums, which have all been warmly welcomed by my fans.”

Bebula has performed with other top musicians including Judith Sephuma, Gloria Bosman, Beki Mseleku, Winston Ngozi, Mthunzi Namba and the late Vuyo Mokoena.

The DVD, filmed in August, features Motherwell, where Bebula grew up, and several Port Elizabeth landmarks, including the Donkin Reserve and City Hall.

The DVD launch will take place at Babs Madlakane Hall in Uitenhage on Christmas Eve between 2pm and 8pm and is open to the public.

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