SA Idol Mthethwa Explains How Old Gospel Artistes Are Pushing Young People Away


The Idols SA winner Khaya Mthethwa has promised to spice up the gospel music, accusing older artists of making things boring.

To the young artiste, the old ones have outlived their relevance in the industry.

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“Young people are not listening to the likes of Deborah Fraser and all these traditional gospel artists because we don’t relate.

“We might appreciate it but there’s no connection between us and them,” said Mthethwa who released his latest CD/DVD titled The Dawn last week.

Khaya Mthethwa aims at bringing young people to the gospel through his new generation gospel songs.

The singer, songwriter, producer and one of SA Idols is approaching gospel from a youth’s perspective. He is focusing on “trendy gospel”, moving with the times to lure young music lovers to gospel.

Nevertheless, Mthethwa said he respects gospel singers who had been there in the industry before him.

He maintained that the youth didn’t connect with their music anymore than they appreciated the art.

“I wanted to bring a different perspective of gospel music, that gospel music can be fun, it can have Drake’s sound but with a God-based lyrical content.”

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“If I were to give my album personality, I’d say it’s young, fresh, soulful, heartfelt and honest,” said Mthethwa.

Perhaps Mthethwa who was the first artiste to record at the Durban Christian Centre Jesus Dome, may also be the last. The centre was burnt to the ground a few months after his performance.

He said the fire incident made him cherish his experience at the centre more than before which he described as a moment to be thankful for.

We can only hope that the trendy vibes from the young artiste will attract more young people to the gospel.