Bala goes back to his roots

Lee-Anne Butler

NELSON Mandela Bay born and bred musician Loyiso Bala says he has been working hard on the release of his new gospel DVD later this month.

The entertainer said his new project, entitled Love Complete, was all about going back to his gospel music roots, which was where his career started.

As a teenager, Bala finished top of his class at the prestigious Drakensburg Boys Choir in South Africa.

“It was an exciting project from the start because I had never done anything like this before. It was an escape from what I have been doing for the past 13 years.

“I started off with gospel music but then took a bit of a departure from it.”

Bala said gospel was his first love in the music genres, after doing kwaito with TKZee, R&B as a solo artist and classical soul with the Bala Brothers.

“My last project was called Full Circle because I really feel as if I have come full circle in my career. With this project I am coming back to my love for God and this is what helped me sit down and write this album.”

Bala said he was nervous about working on a live DVD for the first time but was happy with the final product and said fans would love the new concept.

“I definitely had butterflies in my tummy but we had a great team and it shows in the work. Thatch Music are some of the best musical directors in the country with great experience.

“Joshua Cutts was our lighting designer and we used him because he is the best and in DVDs your lighting is important. Marius Marais was our sound engineer and Shaun Pearce was the director. Because we worked with such a great team it alleviated some of the stress. Then we used the Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria, which is a world-class venue.”

Bala said he worked on the project from its conception with his new wife, Jennifer Odjidja, who along with him is the executive producer. The couple were married nine months ago.

“I was always critical about married couples who work together but now I can honestly say that if it were not for her this project would have never happened.

“It is great when you have a common goal to work towards together.

“She is my biggest critic and was instrumental in getting it off the ground. I owe it all to her.”

Bala said he was also looking forward to the upcoming release of older brother Zwai’s album, Indigo Child.

Leave a Reply

Please keep in mind that comments are moderated according to our comment moderation policy. Your email address is required but will not be published.