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‘Imbube came through prophecy’ – The Standard – Zimbabwe

Siziba, who is also a founder of Thobela Arts Foundation, caught up with Standard Style and spoke about his life outside the showbiz industry and other matters.

AWARD-WINNING Isicathamiya gospel group, Indosakusa – The Morning Star group leader Oscar Siziba says he was once a gardener but a prophecy in 2000 at Zion church in Enqameni, Mapane in Gwanda foresaw that he will become a renowned musician who will touch the hearts of the people.

In 2001, when he was worshiping God at a church called Jerusalem, he met Costa Lungisani Ncube and on May 7, 2002, they together formed a group called lmpumelelo Shining Stars which later rebranded to lndosakusa The Morning Star.

Siziba, who is also a founder of Thobela Arts Foundation, caught up with Standard Style and spoke about his life outside the showbiz industry and other matters.

How it started

“I am originally known as Oscar Khutshwekhaya Siziba born and raised at Enqameni, Mapane in Gwanda under Chief Mathema. My parents are John Mbirijo Siziba and  Olitha Tshalibe. l wasn’t born a musician. When l finished my O’ Level in 1998, I went straight to Bulawayo to work as a gardener in Bellevue for a year.

“In 2000, l went back to my home village and when l was attending a Zion Church service, I was prophesied on my music career at church. I was told that l will be a renowned musician who will touch the hearts of the people.”

 “After that they prayed for me and annointed me with holy oil. Then in 2001 May 7,  l then started my music career  with my current group lndosakusa The  Morning  Star  which was once called lmpumelelo Shining Stars.


“God is my first inspiration….When I grew up, my father used to buy Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s records and later listened to Black Umfolosi and other groups so  l loved the kind of melody. I loved the melody, harmony and message on it and l was inspired.”

Musical journey and gongs “Since 2001 l have been composing the songs for lndosakusa The Morning Star. Our first album was recorded in 2001 entitled Emthonjeni and up to date we have released 12 albums.

“We have been nominated several times national and internationally. We have won about nine awards.  We have attended, showcased our talent local and internationally.”

“Our music is recognised mostly in Zimbabwe and South Africa being played in radio and television station.”

Why Imbube genre?

“It’s Imbube genre because it is our mother genre, our culture, our language and being an internationally recognised music genre which is classic all kinds of people black, white, kalate  etc.

“One can listen to our music because it has harmony in it. I chose to sing it because it mainly speaks about Ubuntu bethu, invelaphi yethu (our history) and lapho esiyakhona (where we heading). Imbube music carries information, education, preaching and entertainment.”

Midas touch

“The secret behind my success is God “Seek first the Kingdom of God” . Have a vision and focus. l know my calling, commission and going there for doing what God had sent me as Oscar Siziba.”

“All the awards we got we got them through hard work, producing quality products. Ungenza okuhle konke okuhle kuzokulandela and praying to God to allow His Holy Spirit to lead me and the group.”

Outside showbiz industry

“l run a shop, which  does typing services and cosmetics.  l also have an organisation named by my name called Thobela Arts Foundation that focuses on promoting local creative arts.”

Ups and downs

“l have faced a lot of challenges, these include financial problems, group members coming and leaving the group, spiritual warfares, short  of sponsors and partners ..”

Moments at Indosakusa The Morning Star

“l feel l have to give an honour to lndosakusa The  Morning  Star members who are still with me today. They stood a taste of time, persevered, worked together in harmony.

“What l can say is that they are more than my biological brothers now.

“We spend time together almost in everyday life. So, l salute them a lot because we went through fires, ups and downs.  They didn’t give up even though others did.  l give them  their flowers. l respect and love them they are the ones who make this vision a success.”

 Life lesson

“God’s time is the best! Love them all but don’t trust them again always remember where you come from, where you are and where are heading to.”


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Breaking news – Chronicle

Iyasa to light up Palace gardens

Mthabisi Tshuma, Showbiz Writer

Award-winning dance and music ensemble, Inkululeko Yabatsha School of Arts (Iyasa) is preparing to grace the Palace Hotel gardens on Friday evening.

The group will be returning to the venue as the main acts this time around after they were hit when they curtain-raised for Baba Harare five weeks ago.

Warming up the stage for them will be Sungura Masters, Ras Teken, Divoxx and Scara. On the decks will be the joint’s resident DJs Ayaxxx, Keitho, Banda and Tetso. Mr Jaiva will be the host on the night.

Iyasa director Nkululeko Dube said they are happy to be returning to the venue which always has a supportive crowd.

“We had a great reception when we supported Baba Harare recently and what a way this will be to quench their (music lovers) appetite. We’re looking forward to another scintillating experience as we showcase what we are best known for,” said Dube.

Palace Hotel proprietor Tapiwa “Gandz” Gandiwa said they cannot wait to host the group.

“The lineup is made up of well-known local artistes and what better way to kick start the festive season? We promise top-quality entertainment this festive season as we continue to give local artistes a chance to make their breakthroughs,” said Gandz. – @mthabisi_mthire

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Breaking news – Chronicle

Ziyajuluka Festival on cards

Natasha Mutsiba, [email protected]

The Ziyajuluka Festival is set to take place at The Hub in Bulawayo next week Saturday.

The festival aims to uplift youth talent and help local up-and-coming artistes gain more recognition in all music genres. Killer Nox and Taddy Bear Events, popular entertainers known for their engaging performances, will host the festival.

In addition to music, the festival will feature performances from various dance groups, including Jabulani Arts Academy, DT8, and Skhumz Moonwalker. These talented dance groups will add an extra layer of entertainment and excitement to the festival.

Killer Nox has emphasised that attendees can expect a safe and secure environment during the festive season.

The festival’s second edition aims to create a platform for emerging artistes to shine and make their mark in the music industry.

_@Tasha Mutsiba.

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12 days of Christmas concerts: Where to see holiday performances … –

BETHELHEM, Pa. — ’Tis the season of songs.

From student-led performances to community choirs, there are numerous ways to celebrate Christmastime in the Lehigh Valley.

Check out these Celtic, jazz and modern performances featuring classical and contemporary music.

Festival of Carols

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Central Moravian Church

The Central Moravian Church presents its Festival of Carols on Dec. 2 in Bethlehem.

Central Moravian Church will present its Festival of Carols, a choral and instrumental that features organ prelude, “Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” by Rebecca Lepore, minister of music at the historic church that was founded in 1742.

Additionally, you can hear the church choir on anthems and choruses by Felix Mendelssohn, G.F. Handel, John Rutter and Dan Forrest; the Mainstreet Brass on a new set of Roger Harvey arrangements for Advent; and congregational hymns, including “Morning Star,” a Moravian Christmas tradition.

Tickets: Free

When: 1:30 p.m. Dec. 2

Where: 73 W. Church St., Bethlehem


Bel Canto in Bethlehem

The Bel Canto Youth Chorus of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem.



The Bach Choir of Bethlehem

The Bel Canto Youth Chorus of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem.

The Bel Canto Youth Chorus’ holiday show includes Mendelssohn’s “He Watching Over Israel,” and selections from BWV 61 (with guests from the Bach Festival Orchestra).

The show will begin with a traditional Zimbabwean song of welcome and concludes with the singing of beloved carols.

The youth chorus — consisting of 50 musicians — was founded in 1993 by the Bach Choir of Bethlehem.

The performance will be conducted by Kelly Rocchi and Alaina Swartz.

Tickets: $15, free for students with school ID

When: 4 p.m. Dec. 3

Where: Cathedral Church of the Nativity, 21 Wyandotte St., Bethlehem


Be merry with the Vespers

For something full of seasonal spirit, Lehigh University Choral Arts Christmas Vespers will present its annual gift to the community.

The performance will be directed by Steven Sametz, with associate director, Hana Cai.

The longstanding holiday show combines two traditional forms of worship in the Moravian Church — the singstunde and the candlelight service.

Tickets: Free. Early arrival is suggested

When: 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec 10

Where: Packer Memorial Church, 18 University Drive, Bethlehem


Cheer with Charter Arts

The Charter Arts Vocal Music Department’s winter choral concert will feature traditional holiday songs performed by close to 200 student musicians made up of three of the school’s choirs.

Tickets: $11 adults, $6 students/children

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and Dec. 12

Where: 321 E. Third St., Bethlehem


The ‘light’ of the Chorale


Micaela Hood


Lehigh Valley Chorale is gearing up for its winter concert.

The Lehigh Valley Chorale will take the stage for “The Light That Leads Us Home,” a holiday showcase that mixes modern-day tunes with classics like Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Morton Lauridsen’s “Sure on this Shining Night.”

The chorale group, based in Easton, is led by Nick Sienkiewicz, the conductor of the 153-member choir, ages 18-80.

Tickets: $20

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 p.m. Dec. 2

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 3231 Tilghman St., Allentown


Santa and the Symphony

The Allentown Symphony’s annual “Holiday Pops” concert will feature Christmas classics, sing-a-long opportunities and a visit from Santa Claus.

Led by conductor Diane Wittry and vocalist Michael Andrew, this year’s guest stars include Robert Trexler, the Emmaus High School Chorale, the Accent School of Dance, the O’Grady Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance and the Uilleann Bagpipers.

Allentown Mayor Matt Tuerk will deck the halls as the opening speaker.

Tickets: $25 – $72

When: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16

Where: 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown


Christmas with Bach




Bach Choir of Bethlehem

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem will perform their Christmas concert in December.

The Bach Choir’s annual holiday program will consist of Bach’s “Magnificat,” and the festive “Cantana 63,” which he wrote in 1732.

Historically, “Magnificat” was performed in Germany and part of church services on Sundays, and recited in Latin, especially during holidays such as Christmas and Easter.

The Bach Choiris celebrating its 125th year in 2023.

The group was founded by John Frederick Wolle in 1898, nearly 150 years after Bach’s death.

Wolle was an organist at central Moravian at a time when Bach was tied to the singing tradition of the Moravians.

Tickets: $9 – $45

When: 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at First Presbyterian Church, 3231 W. Tilghman St., Allentown and 4 p.m. Dec. 10 at First Presbyterian Church, 2344 Church St., Bethlehem.


Student recital

The Community Music School’s holiday show will feature student musicians from beginner to advanced levels.

The intimate recital, which will contain a mix of song and piano, prepares students for future live performances.

Tickets: Free, but donations are suggested to help fund the nonprofit’s programs.

When: 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 10

Where: 1544 Hamilton St., Allentown


Organ performance




Moravian Historical Society

The Moravian Historical Society’s Christmas concert features a erformance by Thomas Dressler on an organ that was built in the 1700s and is one of the oldest organs in the country.

Moravian Historical Society will present a concert with Thomas Dressler, director of music at College Hill Presbyterian Church in Easton.

Dressler will perform a yuletide concert on the 1776 Tannerberg organ.

The Tannerberg piece, in the museum of the Moravian Historical Society, was built by Moravian organ builder David Tannenberg.

Tannenberg arrived in Bethlehem on Nov. 25, 1776, to set up the organ, which was used in the Single Brethren’s House in Bethlehem.

Only nine of Tannerberg’s organs exist today.

The concert will take place in the museum on the second floor of the Whitefield House.

Tickets: $10

When: 3 p.m. Dec. 3

Where: Moravian Historical Society, 214 E. Center St., Nazareth


A Creole Christmas

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a New Orleans group founded by tuba player Allan Jaffe, will bring some soulful, Southern sounds to the Lehigh Valley.

The jazz troupe will perform original holiday hits, plus favorite Christmas tunes such as “Walking in a Winter Wonderland, and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

Tickets: $35-$55

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 1

Where: State Theatre Center for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton


Celtic candlelight




Governor Wolf Historical Society

The Governor Wolf Historical Society will host a Celtic Christmas concert in December

You can warm up at the Gov. Wolf Historical Society’s holiday event, which will feature classic Celtic Christmas songs by the Seasons.

The family band is based in Harrisburg and performs with the Celtic harp, guitar, fiddle and hammered dulcimer.

There will be a dessert buffet and light refreshments served.

The concert will take place in the newly restored Wolf Academy.

Reservations are recommended and seating is limited. 
Tickets will be available at the venue Dec. 2 and 3 during the holiday history event.

Call or email for tickets at 610-737-3000 or

Tickets: $20 non-members, $15 members

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 10

Where: 6600 Jacksonville Road, Bath


Old time charm

The banjo, fiddle and dulcimer will take center stage at the Bell Tower’s first-holiday concert.

You can enjoy traditional country tunes by local musicians Norm Williams and Tom and Betty Drunkenmiller.

Williams is known for his old-time Appalachian fiddle and gospel songs and tunes as well as other folk styles.

The Drukenmillers, with their son, Nate, began performing and recording in the 1990s.

Alongside Williams, the couple have made six recordings, most recently “Bound to Change.”

Tickets: $10

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 15

Where: Belltower Cultural Center, 2904 Church Road, Bangor


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