By Sera Whippy
July 08, 2011
Fiji Times Online
THE Soweto Gospel Choir held spectators spellbound at the Denarau Events Centre on Wednesday evening.
Vusumuzi Madondo, the deep-voiced sensation, literally lifted some of the spectators off their chairs.
He was born in Ladysmith, a town in Soweto where the famous Grammy award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo hails from.
“I work full-time in Johannesburg, South Africa, with the choir because we have a lot of tours to prepare for and new songs to develop. Plus the dances and moves have to be learnt. It is a lot of enjoyable work for me and the group and I love my job. I had tried to get into the choir for quite some time but it wasn’t until 2002 that I succeeded,” he said.
He was a mechanic when a friend told him of the auditions at Johannesburg.
“I was fixing cars when I went to try out and they said they liked my unique voice and I was in. I have not looked back from there and my voice has taken me around the world meeting many different people and seeing many different places.”
The 41-year old said he enjoyed the Fijian atmosphere very much and loved performing in the country.
“I started singing when I was about 12 years old in our local church choir but that all changed after I grew older. However, I always had a deep love for singing and the Lord has really blessed me and my group members,” he said.