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Award-winning gospel singer pastor Andile KaMajola has composed a song to launch a campaign supporting the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign.
The song, titled Ngiyindoda, which translates to “I am a man”, was launched last week, ahead of the campaign.
So many musicians have composed songs of this kind, with so many people still ignoring the message, but KaMajola is already receiving positive feedback.
Last year, several musicians came together and did a remix version of the Tears for Fears song Shout, urging citizens to take a stand against crime by down-loading it.
But we’re still hijacked in our streets and our bags are snatched from us after citizens seemingly turned a deaf ear to the lyrics and the messages contained therein.
However, this doesn’t mean that our artists should stop conveying these positive messages because one out of 10 people could still take note and change, and that is better than no change at all.
KaMajola is set on achieving a change in men’s attitude towards woman and child abuse and is already receiving positive responses after motivational speeches and preaching on various radio stations about things that make a man a man.
KaMajola – also a Crown Gospel Awards winner – said listening to incidents of abused women and children inspired him to compose Ngiyindoda, which features a powerful message meant to spark pride in every man.
KaMajola is the pastor at All Nations Cathedral International Church.
“You do not have to wear pants or have a long beard to be called a man.
“It takes a man to be a father, but a male to abuse children and beat women,” he said.
KaMajola, who grew up without a father, said many women and children consult him at his church and tell him about their lives of abuse, and this was when a song was born in his heart.
“When growing up I made so many mistakes because I was full of anger.
“Sometimes when I was angry I would contemplate violence, but I’ve never beaten any person in my life,” he said.
He said some people still believe physical abuse is the only kind of abuse, saying he had counselled many victims in “silently abusive” relationships or marriages that were ridden with emotional and verbal abuse.
“It doesn’t leave scars on the outside, but leaves unseen scars on the inside. We should stop hurting the same people we say we love,” said KaMajola.
The pastor will be touring nationally, preaching the same word and aiming to send his message across the country because he believes “music is rhythm of communication”.
This is not the first campaign he has been involved in – KaMajola also composed a song in support of last year’s World Cup titled Alive With Possibility.
His talent was discovered in 1997 during the very last competition of Shell Road to Fame when he took second place and won a recording deal.
He recorded his first album in 2001, titled Uthando Lukababa, and was nominated for an SA Music Award for Best Contemporary Gospel.
Three years later, after finishing his music diploma, he released his second album, African Unity, under his own record label, Elinda Productions.
He has released three gospel albums since his debut, followed by Andile KaMajola Chapter 3 and Chapter 4.
Recently, KaMajola dropped another album, Chapter 5, which is a mixture of soul and spirit music and contains the tracks I Wonder Why, World of Possibilities, It is the Same God and Subscriber Unavailable.