Gospel singer Thinah Zungu on his music: ‘I write my own songs’
Thinah Zungu.(PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/GALLO IMAGES)
When award-winning gospel artist Thinah
Zungu is on stage, you can be guaranteed that he will sing his prophetic song,
Kwanqab’umusa (Mercy said no), because of it being a proclamation over his
He decided to step outside his comfort zone
to record a live album at Soweto Theatre. The KwaZulu- Natal born artist was
surprised to learn that Sowetans knew and loved every song of his. This
experience was a reminder to him that sometimes one needs to step outside their
comfort zone to really experience God's mercy.
There is a saying, “nothing grows in the
comfort zone”. This is exactly what Thinah has experienced. The 30-year-old is
known for writing his own songs, predominately in his home language. In this
live album simply titled, Thinah Zungu, there are songs in Sesotho, TshiVenda
and English, showing off his versatility as an artist.
“I decided to use the other languages as a
token of appreciation to the many people from different ethnic groups who have
supported me all these years. We might speak different languages but serve the
same God,” says Thinah.
It has been a blessing for Thinah to touch
the lives of people with his music, something he doesn’t take for granted. “I
never leave the stage without singing Kwanqab’umusa because it is a reflection
of who I am and what God has done and keeps on doing in my life,” he says.
He tells Move! that the love and
appreciation he has received from people makes him want to be better at what he
does. One of the things he is about is song writing. “I write my own songs
because I feel it’s God’s way of speaking to His people,” Thinah says. He has
been welcomed by the gospel industry with open arms.
Even when naysayers tried to discourage him
from going into singing in 2007, he trusted that the promises of God are ‘yes’
and ‘amen’. “They said I would not last or make it, but God had other plans.
Where would I be if I listened?” the father of three asks. His heart still
bleeds for the late S’fiso Ncwane who gave him a chance when he started out.
There is a lot to be grateful for even when
he faces challenges in the industry or personal life. Being raised in a
Christian home back at Inanda, he says he finds himself always using how he was
raised as reference. “How I was raised has a lot of impact and influence. I
grew up in a home where going to church was not an option. That is why things
like fame do not go to my head,” he says.
Thinah says he has always trusted God with
his life, adding that Romans 8:28 always assures him of this, “And we know that
all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the
called according to His purpose.”