GOSPEL ensemble, One In Christ (OIC), will today host an accapella show featuring acclaimed Zimbabwean group Shower Power, among other foreign acts at Avani Maseru Hotel.
Starting at 10am, the show is dubbed “Shower Power” after the main act and will also feature South African groups, Rest Assured from Gauteng and Heavenly Tunes from Durban.
OIC is a local Seventh-Day Adventist group which was formed in 2006 with the stated goal of ministering in song and in word, locally and internationally.
The group started off as a quartet, but later on evolved to incorporate five more members namely Mojalefa Baatjies, Thabiso Sefuthi, Khombelwayo Mlotshwa, Bokang Matete, Mathe Seetsa, Mamokobo Du preez, Mehauhelo Sesioana, Thembisile Mlotshwa and Thotohatsi Sefuthi.
Though their music is quintessentially accapella, OIC used instruments in their 2001 debut album, Old Town, which was well received. Their sophomore offering Look Beyond Your Pain, which was released in 2013, also won them rave reviews. Among their standout compositions are He Is Faithful, Still Close and Kae Le Kae Le Jesu.
According to the group’s director, Khonbelwayo Mlotshwa, IOC was invited by Shower Power to their show in Zimbabwe last December, adding that they were returning the favour with today’s event.
“On 20 December 2014, Shower Power hosted OIC in Harare. Since then, our desire to re-connect with this powerful group from Zimbabwe has grown stronger,” Mlotshwa told Xpress People this past week.
“We also desire to support each other so that our respective ministries soar higher.”
He said they met while performing in South Africa in shows featuring accapella groups from Southern African countries and forged a relationship.
“It is against this background that OIC decided to throw a big extravaganza to welcome this illustrious group to the mountain kingdom of Lesotho,” Mlotshwa gushed.
“As if this is not enough, we decided to bring in two groups, Rest Assured and Heavenly tunes from Gauteng and KZN respectively.”
He said they fell in love with Shower Power because their accapella is “traditional”, much like theirs, adding that their interaction with the Zimbabwean group would help them gain the mettle to foray into other countries since they are a “powerful” outfit.
“It is God who brings such talent into one house, and I urge people not to miss such a harmonic festival,” said Mlotshwa, adding that plans were afoot to make the event an annual affair featuring different international acts.