Byo pastor releases gospel album

WORD of Faith International Ministries senior pastor Angliston Sibanda has released a 10-track album titled Be Still.

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Sibanda, aka Pastor AT, told Southern Eye Lifestyle the debut album was an inspirational message for Christians going through difficult times.

“The album is a message in season for the people of God, especially those who are going under tough times. It is meant to inspire Christians to cast their burdens to God and trust him,” he said.

Sibanda said he started compiling the album in 2002, but had to wait for “the right time” to release it adding “now it was the right time.”

The 37-year-old pastor-cum-musician says he is inspired by the church and the secular world hence his title song, Be Still (Thula wazi), sung in Ndebele and English.

Although this is a debut album, Sibanda says he is no newcomer in music as he has worked with a number of gospel artistes such as the late Revonia Khumalo, Thobeka Msisa and South Africa’s gospel musician Sipho Makhabane.

“I am not new in the music industry. I began my music career in 1994 and since then I have worked with a number of prominent gospel artistes such as Thobeka Msisa, Revonia Khumalo and Sipho Makhabane,” he said.

Sibanda also prides himself for owning a studio — Stonie Studios in his Matsheumhlope home where he produced the debut album with the assistance of Patrick Macheza and Velaphi Gumbo.

The pastor also confided to Southern Eye Lifestyle that he would likely visit the United States next month where he will perform his album.

“I will visit the United States next month for evangelising, but I will also perform the album,” he said.

Sibanda also says talks are afoot to clinch a deal with Sipho Makhabane’s Amanxusa Productions, a joint venture that will see him taking his music to greater heights.

But he is sceptical about the music industry which he says is being killed by piracy.

He bemoans music piracy saying it is very unfortunate that some people were bent on reaping where they did not sow.

“It’s embarrassing that while we (musicians) work hard behind closed doors losing a lot of resources, some lazy people will pirate our music and sell it on the streets,” he added.

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