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Sechaba

Gospel
Sechaba

Sechaba discovered that jobs were not much easier to come across in Johannesburg than they had been in the Free State. Faced with the hardships and prejudices of Jo'burg, Sechaba was ultimately forced to live on the streets, with no money even to return home.

Sechaba turned to living under a bridge in Balfour Park where some other people were already living. He and his new acquaintances would often sing together in the cold night to comfort themselves. A local street vender who sold her food near to this bridge would often hear them singing. She immediately noticed the uniqueness of Sechaba's powerful voice. She told him that his voice would be his ticket to getting off the streets. Sadly, by this time, Sechaba had become accustomed to life on the streets and wasn’t interested in the woman’s proposal.
 
During the very cold winter of 2003, Sechaba could no longer handle his harsh environment and decided to take up the woman's advice. He began his pursuit of a career as a musician. After much perseverance, Sechaba ended up at Mega Music, where he was given a job, as a cleaner, and accommodation by the lady who worked in the kitchen.

The new job at Mega Music opened up many doors for Sechaba. He was always aware of the singing auditions which regularly took place there. Sechaba however, had a problem with getting the musicians to take him, a cleaner, seriously. It was only once he was given the chance to audition by Lindelani Mtinzi that people began to sit up and notice. His outstanding performance that day landed him a position with Joyous Celebration.
 
Tshepo Nzimande was one of the people who were now taking notice of Sechaba’s talent. He saw the boy’s undeniable potential and offered him the chance to record his very own album. ''The dynamite voice,'' says Tshepo, describing Sechaba’s voice. Sechaba had finally got his break.

Tshepo took up the project with much excitement and began to produce the album. He pushed Sechaba to the limit, having to give him the training he had never received. Although his voice was un-trained and raw, his powerful talent was undeniable. Ultimately it was all more than worth it, having resulted in the radiant self-titled album 'Sechaba.'