…Says gospel music will heal Namibia
By Confidente Reporter
GOSPEL sensation Donnevin Barendse aka Dondrix The Master is set to take his latest offering ‘My siel het U soe nodig’ on a nationwide tour through what promises to be a string of ecstatic performances in major towns across the country
At first glance, Dondrix The Master would appear to be like any other up-and -coming artist, however his attachment to his music goes deeper than pure lyrics and instruments.
Dondrix The Master describes his music as ‘personal masterpieces’ of which every word and sound has its own unique story to tell.
Born a star
The 10-track ‘My siel het U soe nodig’ album is a blend of praise and worship as well as upbeat gospel jams in Afrikaans, English and Xhosa.
It was his upbringing that had a strong impact on Dondrix The Master who hails from a deeply religious and musical family.
“I started singing at 10 years. My grandfather taught me to play guitar. We grew up in a spiritual family singing gospel. It was a house of prayer. That is where my love for gospel music was formed,” Dondrix The Master affectionately tells Confidente.
“I never knew that I too had the gift of playing different instruments. I started playing and singing in churches and at gospel shows,” he said.
Dondrix The Master is no newcomer to the glamorous stages of performances as he once delivered a few numbers at the 2006 Sanlam NBC Music Awards and entered the ‘Namibia Got Talent’ show three years ago.
“I decided to go fulltime into gospel music five years ago. I was inspired by other artists and what they managed to achieve in their careers and I knew it was time for me to introduce myself to the world.”
“There is a big platform for gospel music in Namibia. My only hope is that sponsors will recognise the value of gospel music and take us to higher levels like they do with other genres.”
“Gospel music has the ability to help heal the social evils and moral decay as it will keep many young people off the streets during weekends as we perform and there is no alcohol. Gospel music carries a lot of positive messages there is no way we cannot inspire many towards a better life.”
“When I sing gospel, Jesus is touching a lot of people’s hearts. In this process we win a soul or two through gospel and this is something great, to see someone cry with you and change their lives.
We are the land of the brave, 28 years independent, which is the grace God gave to Namibia. Namibia needs gospel music to help heal the nation.”
According to Dondrix The Master, Namibia must consider opening a gospel centre for gospel artists to host shows and their career forward.
He is of the opinion that there a lot of talented gospel artists but they remain unknown and the proposed centre will help them grow in their career as gospel singers
‘My siel het U soe nodig’ is Dondrix The Master’s second album and will hit the streets shortly after mid-year to be followed by the nationwide tour.
“With this album, the quality is better and it was recorded in a studio. The first album was a test and now I know that the second one is better.”
Track one titled ‘As jy se jy het nie gesondig nie’ loosely translates ‘if you say you didn’t sin’ indicates that whoever says they are without sin ‘are making Jesus a liar’.
On the other hand, second track draws attention to the importance of having a visionary and focused life ‘on Jesus’ and that life’s challenges are temporary.
“My friends and family have lost their vision in Him, but I remained with this vision in Him and that is why the third track is titled ‘Ek skaam my nie vir die naam and saak nie’, meaning I am not ashamed of the gospel of God.”
Track four is Dondrix The Master’s rendition of the old pentecostal hymn ‘Ek skuil net by U’ translated I will remain just by You, however according to Dondrix The Master it is actually the sixth track titled ‘He is the healer of the broken heart’ which is very close to his heart.
“When I was two years old they discovered that I had a hole in my heart and my grandmother flew me to South Africa for an operation. When we got there the doctors said that they could not operate as the hole had grown.” Dondrix The Master added that he survived the ordeal because his grandmother continued praying for him and dedicating his life to Jesus.
“And that is why I decided to do this song because He healed my heart.”
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