Ordinarily, a man with an impressive academic record would not
consider venturing into the ever-burgeoning gospel industry as a singer. For Pastor Khaya Mayedwa, music is not only for entertainment
but is a potent leverage for enhancing his ministry.
priest of the fast growing United Ethiopian Church in Africa founded by the late great Dr J.M. Masebe, he is destined to achieve
another milestone with the release of his debut album, “Mbonge” (Praise Him) released by Cool Spot Productions.
A passionate singer who clearly is God’s messenger will, without a doubt, validate the confidence talented music producers
Sizwe Zako and Jabu Nkabinde have on him. They were mesmerized when they first heard him sing.
then Pastor Mayedwa is a singer of a different pedigree. He has dazzled many who have heard him sing, including the irrepressible
Professor Mzilikazi Khumalo. The doyen of music felt compelled to include him in his mass choir in Cape Town.
modest to openly proclaim it, there is no doubt that “Mbonge” has exploded on the local scene. Although the title
track “Mbonge” is sizzling and evocative lyrically with an equally spiritual “Andimbonanga,” the entire
album is powerful. It extols the virtues of God rhythmically and lyrically. Pastor Mayedwa’s sequel will be released
sometime in August 2005. It will herald a talent nurtured in the heavens.
in East London, he grew up in the church and wholly embraced Jesus as his Lord and Savior when he was 14 years old. He has
not for once deviated, maintaining his communion with Jesus throughout his young life. Immersing his life in church activities,
he found his niche in the church choir wiggling his way to lead singer and conductor of the East London church choir.
It was this environment that allowed him to concentrate on his
schoolwork. After matriculating, he moved to the University of Western Cape (UWC) where he graduated with a B.Com honours
degree at the tender age of 21. Overall, he holds a BComm degree, BComm (Honours) in Advanced Marketing Strategy, Spiritual
Psychology and Christian Counseling. Currently he is doing a Masters in Business Leadership through UNISA.
in Cape Town, he sang with the University of Western Cape Creative Arts choir. It was here that Professor Mzilikazi Khumalo
spotted his potential as a tenor singer. He also lifted the mood of the Cape Town chapter of the church with his singing in
the church choir.
graduating, he stayed on in Cape Town and undertook religious studies under Dr Masebe. The older Pentecostals will remember
that Dr J.M. Masebe was converted under Rev Nicholas Bhengu in 1950. God then used him astoundingly: The cripples walked and the dead were raised. Before Dr Masebe left the Assemblies
of God to initiate the United Ethiopian Church, Rev Bhengu released a blessing on him. Pastor Phillip Msiza remembers the
man vividly. Dr Masebe died last year, 2004. Pastor Mayedwa is currently putting together literary work on the life of this
remarkable man. We will also publish some of his history on this website.
for that reason that many Pentecostals applaud God’s anointing upon the man, Khaya Mayedwa. He was only 24 years old
in 1998 when he was ordained as a priest. Despite his age, he displayed maturity by not waiting for the church to deploy him
to one of the regions. Instead, he took the initiative of starting a new chapter in Strand, Cape Town. Without any resources,
the church flourished and had attracted more than 400 new congregants within a year. Since then, it has grown in leaps and
bounds. Although he now lives in Johannesburg as the Presiding Minister of the region, he is still in charge of the Strand
offspring he founded.
during his Cape Town tenure that he came to know a group from King Williams Town called Lord Comforters. When the group traveled
to Cape Town for performances, he would organize their shows and even arrange accommodation for them. It was at these shows
that he created a precedence of allocating a few minutes preaching at the start of the shows. But it was his singing and voice
projection that impressed the Lord Comforters. They invited him to work with them.
they went to Johannesburg to record the album, “Konke” in which he featured as a lead singer in the hit song,
“Shiyani Zono.” As fate would have it, it was here that Sizwe Zako and Jabu Nkabinde singled him out for his special
talent. After being granted permission by the Lord Comforters to record a solo album with him, they rushed him to Sizwe Zako’s
modern studio in Rivonia. The privately funded project produced the album, “UJesu Uyakubiza.” Although it had
the potential to scale great heights, it sold moderately. Without a big marketing budget, no promotional video was produced.
What salvaged the project was the heavy air play the album received.
his enormous talent Sizwe Zako secured a recording deal with Cool Spot Productions’ Ken Haycock with whom he previously
worked at CCP-EMI Records. Pastor Mayedwa, who is a family man with two children and works for Total SA as Retail Entrepreneurship
Executive has finally realized his dream to punt his ministry on celluloid. As he quips, he will now be able to “win
the souls and touch many more lives” as he usually does at his church.
By the Grace of God I Am What I Am. His grace, which was bestowed upon me, was not in vain. (1