Jesus Culture artist Jake Hamilton and Jesus Culture producers will be collaborating with Sons of Life, the worship band at Spirit Word Ministries (SWM), to record a live album at the church in Stilfontein, North West, on November 22 and 23.
“The band feels it is not only going to be an event but rather an encounter with God; there are millions of good musicians out there, but when God steps on the scene, then situations and lives have to change,” said SWM Youth Ministry Leader Qunitis Jacobs.
According to a bio posted on the Sons of Life website the band members are the three sons of “powerful prophet” and founder of SWM, Kobus van Rensburg. The collaborative live recording came up as a result of their meeting former Jesus Culture manager Jerry Niswander earlier this year when he was travelling throughout South Africa with filmmaker Darren Wilson who was promoting his movie Father of Lights. When Niswander, who now manages Sons of Life, first heard them he said he felt like he could listen to their worship the whole night.
The bio continues:”One thing led to another and he asked the brothers if they wanted to record an album with Rylan Records (Niswander’s production company).The brothers then flew to the USA for the annual Bethel Conference in Redding, California, where they met up with Jeremy Edwardson (producer of Jesus Culture) to talk about the album being recorded with Niswander. During September 2013 Jerry and Jake Hamilton came to Spirit Word to discuss the live recording of the album and the details pertaining to it. Jake and the boys enjoyed playing together so much that they all decided that Jake had to form part of the recording.”
Describing the historical roots of the band, the bio says the Van Rensburg brothers were born in Klerksdorp and raised in Stifontein. They are, from oldest to youngest, Kobus aka “Mr.Gold”, Johan aka “Jo” and Petrus “aka MrGrooves”. Since they were young, their father prophesied over them and encouraged them to pursue their passions and dreams. They were taken to music classes from an early age, and even then it was evident that there was a higher calling on their lives in the area of music. Since then they formed the greater part of the Spirit Word Worship. They have already performed live in front of thousands and they love to share and preach the love of God to many nations, says the bio. In September 2013 Terrence van Wyk joined the brothers to fill the last place in the band as the bassist.
Tickets for the live recording from 7pm on Friday November 22 and Saturday November 23 cost R100 per day or R50 for children under 13. Weekend passes cost R150 or R75 for children. For groups of R20 or more the costs are R80 per person for day passes and R130 per person for weekend passes. Tickets can be purchsed through iTickets.