Band wants to redefine style of local music

From the left are Bafana Tshabalala, Lunga Boco and Vuyo Xibiya

Gospel and soul band, One People, aims to catapult the Bloemfontein music space to new heights and redefine the culture and style of music in the city.

This is according to founder, music director, producer and pianist, Bafana Tshabalala, who said the group was formed out of the love and passion the three members share. “The objective of starting the band was to work with upcoming artists to produce, release and perform new music,” he said.

Tshabalala, together with bassist, Lunga Boco, and drummer, Vuyo Xibiya, came up with the name of the group after realising that they spend a lot of time together making music and had an influence on one another’s lives.

The band members describe themselves as a self-producing gospel and soul band but they are open to playing other music genres, such as hip hop, jazz and house music. Apart from wanting to dominate the music industry, the trio has dreams of one day having their own record label that will help the youth and upcoming artists.

The group is currently working on a new song titled “I Need You Right Now”, which was written by Tshabalala. “We also have a hip hop show called The Unplugged Trio & One People that we will be performing on 16 October at the Bloemfontein Civic Theatre. It comprises of rappers Smash, El Fez, and Oshiiris,” Tshabalala said.

For bookings, call Tshabalala on 073 498 7514, or alternatively, an email can be sent to

Pierce van Heerden