By Clayton Morar
EASTERN Cape-born singer Loyiso Bala is releasing a solo gospel album after 12 years of success in the RB and pop charts.
Bala, who grew up in a musical family in Uitenhage, had his gospel roots watered in choral music.
Bala was classically trained at the Drakensberg Boys Choir and later became the youngest ever conductor of the National Youth Choir, at 19.
“All of us were in a choir of some sort from a very young age,” Bala told Weekend Post.
The popular singer has shared the stage with celebrated artists including Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, John Legend, Brian McKnight, Elton John, Will Smith and Akon. Some of his performances have been for dignitaries like Nelson Mandela, Richard Branson, Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey.
“I had joined the local PE Fellowship Choir, which was a gospel group of young Christians. I was the youngest member.”
The first single from the new album, Jesus to the World, co-written with The Arrows singer Pam de Menezes, is already making waves.
“The reaction has been really awesome. Some churches have already started singing the song as part of their repertoire,” Bala said. He has also shot a music video for the song, which will be available in the next few weeks.
“This, for me, is like starting over. As much as I’ve had a great presence in the music industry for the past 12 years, doing gospel