Although some people only perceive music as entertainment, the art itself can be utilized as a tool of communication with the masses.
Musicians worldwide continue to use music as a vehicle to express their thoughts on different subjects be it crime, love, politics and even religious issues.
Gabatlhalose Keorapetse, a Francistown lad, is one such artist who has resorted to making gospel music in order to spread Christianity.
The 32-year-old, who hails from Mathakola Village in the Tswapong Sub District, has released a five-track music album as part of his efforts to preach the Word of God to people, particularly the youth, through music.
In an interview with the The Telegraph, Keorapetse said that, due to the reckless lifestyles led by the youth, he felt the need to release the album to try and rope them into Christianity, which he says can help save lives. He released an album, titled Thusa (Help).
He said the title of the album is calling on God to help those who are going through difficulties in life.
“Nowadays people are living reckless lives of sin and forget that through the Word of God, they can live healthy righteous lives. My album is not necessarily about profit making but it is about sending a strong message of God,” he said.
Keorapetse said that growing up in a Christian family and attending the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) catapulted his desire to release a gospel album. ┬áHe said that he decided to release the album early this year in February.
“If everything went according to my wish, I would reform everyone and make them Christians because through the Word of God, lives can be saved,” he said.
Keorapetse said that one of his best songs on the album is Thapelo (Prayer), which is a song that is meant to give courage to those who are going through adversities, encouraging them to base their hope in prayer. Keorapetse said that through prayer, all troubles can be resolved if one strongly believes in God.
Some of the tracks on the album include, Lefu. He expresses his concerns on passion killings calling on God to intervene.
Tsa Bophelo is another song that educates people about life in general and, lastly, there is Modimo, which┬áis a song in praise of God.
He concluded by saying that he gets most of his inspiration from the late South African gospel artist, Oleseng Shuping, adding that the late artist’s music continues to touch lives.