About Thinah Zungu

Multi-award winning Gospel artist Thinah Zungu began from humble beginnings. Born to God fearing parents in a home set on a foundation of love was Thinah Zungu’s upbringing. The strong family values ensured that he remained disciplined in his walk with the Lord- understanding that God is the center of all things in life. This also enabled him to develop a clear vision for his life and how he aspired to spread the gospel of Christ through his worship ministry.

Zungu set out to pursue music straight after high school as he believed that this was the call over his life. His debut album Enkazimulweni, which he released in 2007 served as a confirmation that he was in the right space spiritually when it was warmly received by the people.

Though the beginning was not easy, Zungu describes the effort put into producing his first album as all being worth it.

The positive reception of Enkazimulweni gave him the strength and faith to record and release a second album, Kuthe Bekwazi in 2009. He went around the country spreading the message of hope through worship.

Joe Gcabashe (Summertime Music Productions) believed in Thinah’s gift of singing gospel music and took him under his wing. This is where he truly cultivated his craft and learnt the ropes of the music industry in South Africa. Zungu’s inspiration to take the first steps in this direction stems from a number of artists. However, one who stands out for him is Sfiso Ncwane because he took a chance on him.

Kwangqab’umusa, released in 2011 won him Best Gospel Song and Best Songwriter at the SABC Crown Gospel Awards. The album sold over 25 000 copies. Growing from strength to strength, Thinah released yet another album Nginguthandiwe, this time, under his own company, Thinah Music Productions. On this album he worked with Sipho Makhabane, Bongani Mchunu and his friend Dumi Mkokstad.

Thinah is
grateful that his music has enabled him to touch and uplift many lives. This is
something he doesn’t take for granted. “I never leave the stage without singing
Kwanqab’umusa because it is a reflection of who I am and what God has done and
keeps on doing in my life.”

How Thinah was raised has had a lot of influence on who he is today

He grew up in a household where going to church was not an option. Thinah has always trusted God with His life. Romans 8:28 always assures him of this, “And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” He is always thankful even when he faces challenges in the industry or in his personal life.

Spending time with God in prayer and fasting is what keeps Thinah steadfast and able to continually put forth his best. Zungu writes his own songs because he believes that it’s God’s way of speaking to his people.

“It’s always humbling to be recognised and to know that people enjoy and appreciate what I am doing. It’s not just about receiving the awards only but also being nominated because this tells me that I am doing something right. Not getting an award does not mean that I am not good.

In South Africa we have an amazing pool of talented gospel artists. For me to be recognised and nominated amongst them is humbling. It makes me happy.

I have a different gift, that is why I believe that I am a different artist. I don’t sit down with a pen and a paper to write down music, but God always downloads the music into my head. This means that I would call myself a downloader and not a writer because I download the song exactly as it is, even when it seems complicated. I download music that is relevant to the people because it needs to help them through their situations. I believe that gospel is the good news that needs to be shared.

It all comes down to the kind of atmosphere that you create. You need to create a space whereby you know when you want to talk to God, that is where you go. I fast and I pray. God really does read your heart.”

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