The name Chelsea ‘The Saved Diva’ Mguni might not ring a bell to many social media lovers but just a single glimpse of her will send you scattering to Facebook to check for the person you have just seen.
Many comedy skit lovers might have already fallen in love with her as ‘Bhiyenkha’, Nceku’s other half from his comic video skits. However this time ‘The Saved Diva’ is defining herself as Chelsea and not ‘Bhiyenkha’, through doing what she loves the most, and that is singing praises to God.
The Elite 400 auditorium came to life last Friday as Chelsea gave a stellar show to welcome her debut album dubbed “The Praise Offering”.
The 10 track album is produced by one of Bulawayo’s most talented drummers Erastus Nleya and has tracks such as “I worship you”, which features songstress Mimie Tarukwana, “Muteuro” featuring Pastor Mupanduki and “Uvukile” which features her “brother” Nceku who is also the Executive Producer of the project.
From the highly charged album the song that had the audience on their feet was “Ncwadi”. However “Pirori” is another recommended track in the album as it had the audience ask for an encore after the show wrapped up. The catch phrase ‘Ubebal’ibhayibhili, Enath’iCoca-Cola’ from her song “Konke Kuyenzeka” stuck to the audience like glue as they quickly caught up and sang along to it.
The opening acts at the launch was star studded, with artistes coming to show their support to one of their own; these included Lorraine Maplanka-Stot, the sensational choir Vocal Ex and Amanda, who gave the crowd nothing short of a memorable performance synced well with her contemporary Maskandi feel.
The M.C of the night was Christian rap sensation T1nda who was swagged up in a maroon tux and handled the crowd in a very engaging way through-out the entire show. The segmented events perfectly seamed into one show due to his crowd relations. The grand atmosphere led to one of the night’s highlights when the first “The Praise Offering” album disc was bought for $200 by a member of the audience who simply expressed that you cannot put a limited value on a good product.
Chelsea’s character, dance moves and strong alto voice flawlessly exuded into her music, hence making her performance and expressions felt on stage. Her performance was what can be described as electrifying as evidenced by the whole Elite 400 auditorium that was on its feet most of the time. The album is highly punctuated with Afro themed sounds; making it soft to the ear of the ordinary day to day gospel music listener. This highly energetic album is a guaranteed must have for all Gospel music lovers.
“The Praise Offering” album launch attracted an impressive number of over 200 people to the Elite 400 auditorium. A notable figure amongst the audience was Madlela Skhobokhobo who also came through to show his support to the debutante. This crowd was highly reminiscent of the crowd that attended the “Vele Angikuzwa, Vele Ang’kuboni, Yim’Lo” concert on the 27th of July at the Life Spring Church. This proves that Christian Art has an audience that is readily available to be entertained and artistes need to take heed of that.
From the sound of this album it is only fit to acknowledge that the name Chelsea ‘The Saved Diva’ Mguni is here to stay and possibly take over the gospel industry.