‘Notoriously’ known for his smooth, R&B voice, Loyiso Bala, now gospel artist of note, will perform in a live in concert at the Word of Faith Christian Centre, Port Elizabeth, on Friday, April 18.
Loyiso, who graduated top of his class at the prestigious Drakensberg Boys Choir in South Africa, with his celestial voice has performed alongside artists of the highest calibre including John Legend, Brian McKnight, Elton John and more recently Tim Hughes at a Tri-city tour, at New Life Church in Bryanston, Johannesburg. The talented Bala has also harmonised with the likes of international dignitaries such as the late Nelson Mandela, Sir Richard Branson, Gordon Brown, Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and many more.
He is a multiple award winner ranging from several Best album/producer awards at the Metro FM Awards, South African Music Awards (SAMAs) and of course not forgetting his nomination at the MTV awards alongside superstars like Alicia Keys, Rihanna, and Akon to mention a few.
But despite such phenomenal success and the world being his oyster, Loyiso still felt a void in his life. “Funny enough, when I had the most in my life, I felt the emptiest. I felt emptier than when I didn’t have anything,” Bala said in an interview on IOL Tonight, August 2013.
In spite of having all the delight of being an R&B king in the music arena, a longing to worship God drastically transformed the musician’s tune. Looking back to find out what he was really missing, Loyiso believes the big emptiness that he felt was the result of not pursuing God.
An intimate encounter with the Lord led Loyiso to enrol at the Rhema Bible College where he took up a course, “Heart of Worship”. Some time later a desire to produce gospel music captivated him. In 2012 he released his first gospel DVD and CD ‘Love Complete’ with the first single titled, Jesus to the World, written by Pam Myburg from the pop sensation, The Arrows.
Loyiso will take the stage at the opening night of the Word of Faith Easter Conference in Port Elizabeth over the Easter weekend. Tickets are now available at Computicket.
Loyiso’s concert on Good Friday will also benefit disadvantaged children in Port Elizabeth with some of the proceeds going to Project Hope, registered non profit organisation. This organisation has been involved in community development by serving the children of the greater community of the Helenvale, Bethelsdorp and Bloemendal areas for 10 years. The children receive essential life skills, with an emphasis on Christian education and nutritional meals. These programmes run on a weekly basis and reach over 600 children, including boys and girls life skills camps.