Xolisani Nyathi Review Correspondent
Former Star FM producer/presenter Nonkululeko Kasango Vundla, also known as “Black Bird”, has started a youth ministry called “Turn Up Ministries”.
The Christian rapper, who has since changed her name from Black Bird to “Temple”, said the ministry was part of her project in which she will be touring together with big Christian hip hop rappers that include Courtney Antipas, GIL, Flabbz, Whistle and Tanda to different schools, colleges and universities and churches across Zimbabwe preaching the gospel through rap.
In an interview, Temple said she believes the youth relate more to hip hop than to crusades and preachings.
“Some people do sleep in church when the pastor is preaching, some do not listen.
“The youth need something they can relate to, something unique and different for them to keep the fire burning.
“I, therefore, think preaching the word through Christian hip hop is the solution to such problems,” she said.
Earlier this year, the rapper changed from secular music to gospel rap.
She says she will soon release different singles as part of her project.
“The first three singles I will be releasing as Temple include “Taurai Neni”, an acoustic song which features Lincoln Mandengu on vocals.
“This song is more like a prayer. I desire to hear God’s voice and instructions. The second single is called “Blessed” — a celebration of how God keeps blessing me despite different circumstances around me,” she added.
The rapper has a single Zima gong and has been nominated several times on the Zim hip hop Awards, NAMA Awards and ZIMA Awards.
“Some people do sleep in church when the pastor is preaching, some do not listen. The youth need something they can relate to, something unique and different for them to keep the fire burning. Therefore I think preaching the word through Christian hip hop