JUST six months after she released her eighth album, popular gospel artist Veliswa Skeyi is preparing to shoot her eighth DVD in Johannesburg next week.
The DVD will feature songs from the 12-track Sithi Uyingcwele (We are Blessed) released in October last year by Veliswa Music Productions, the company Skeyi, 38, co-owns with her husband, Zanedinga.
“I am looking forward to shooting the DVD that will include all the songs in the album. In the first track, which is called Kherubine [Cherubin], I have featured gospel heavyweight Hlengiwe Mhlaba.
“The song is about worshipping and glorifying God. Even if one is going through hardships, God is always there to be worshipped,” Skeyi said.
“Another track worth a mention is Hlala Ku Yesu, [Remain in Jesus]. This song shows that life is not always a bed of roses, but one should know that God is always there. He will never leave His own people for He is a faithful God at all times.”
Born into a musical family, Skeyi of Zwelitsha, King William’s Town, began her journey at the age of 10. She was part of the Assembles of God Church youth choir.
She made her big break in the gospel industry in 1996 when she joined the nationally acclaimed gospel group Lord Comforters as the lead vocalist.
“Through my latest album I show how great the Lord has been to me. He has been with me from day one. I was also inspired by my life experiences.
“When I decided to go back to university last year, some media houses reported that I was putting down the microphone which was not true. That truly affected me because my fans lost confidence in me,” she said.
“I decided to go back to university because I appreciate the value of education. I won’t stop singing because for me singing is a ministry and I treat it as a calling.”
Skeyi is a second year BA Communications student at the University of Fort Hare.