Khaya Mthethwa & Oasis Worship has set a new benchmark with their latest Single Mkhulumsebenzi (God’s work is great) which makes its iTunes Chart debut this morning at #1!.
Six years after he burst onto the music scene as an Idols winner, the musician has expanded his empire to include television shows, a radio show and now is moving behind the Pulpit as a senior pastor at Oasis Church based in Durban.
As the new leader of the church, he is responsible for the services and must ensure that worship is always on point. “It’s a great honor to lead a 30-year-old organization that was started by my father Themba Mthethwa in our living room in Umlazi and grew it to four branches, Umlazi is the main branch, UKZN in Durban, Fourways in Johannesburg and Matatiele in the Eastern Cape. It has stood the test of time and my prayer is not to mess it up, but to be authentic and help people to be the best version of themselves.”
Not that he’s lost to music, in fact, Khaya has a new hot single for his fans titled ‘Mkhulumsebenzi’. The uplifting song praises the amazing work God does in our lives, our hearts and minds. He explains: “We are often hard on ourselves because of the external matters. We focus on how we failed in relationships, how we failed our parents or our siblings. When I wrote the song, I was in a place where I was crumbling because of the mistakes I was making. But in my solitude as I looked into my heart and introspected, I saw that God was at work in my heart, my thoughts and decision making.”
He features the Oasis Worship choir whom he says he will collaborate more with in his future projects. It is made up of young adults in the church and they dream of reaching the heights of success of bands like Hillsong and Elevation Worship – only with the distinctive African vibe.
Khaya says the changes in his life have taken some adjusting as he had to prioritise more. He has moved back home in Durban where he now lives with his wife Ntandoyenkosi Mthethwa.
“We invest in people’s lives and speak encouragement, ‘Mkhulumsebenzi’ is the anthem of our church because we recognise the work God does in our lives. We expect big things and are focused on our purposes.”