Mariannhill Monastery

1882 Abbot Francis Pfanner – South Africa

Novices of the Mariannhill Missionaries have released a follow up to their popular debut album, Ngiyavuma Baba, which was released last year.

The Congregation of the Missionaries of Mariannhill 2012 Noviciate Choral Group’s new ten-track CD is titled Sisize Baba. It was produced as a result of public demand, said novice director Fr. Lawrence Mota CMM.

In response to people’s “cry for more spiritual food”, Fr. Mota said, the group found itself back in the recording studio barely a year after the release of their first CD.

“The second volume is not only a response to the public demand, but also as response to the peoples’ needs of hope and freedom for being children of God,” he said.

He said that while the message of the debut CD was aimed at inspiring people to cope in life despite the difficulties or problems they may be facing, “the message of the Sisize Baba is that if we seek help from God with faith, God will grant us that help. It is an encouraging message.”

Fr. Mota said he has learnt quite a lot from young people since he started working with them. For example, he realized that each novice joining the congregation comes with different musical talents.

“Our first CD helped us to evaluate that each and every individual is different in spite of their background, their efforts help to nurture their talent to fruition and we need to facilitate that as a way of empowering our young people to face reality with hope,” he said.

Through Sisize Baba, there is message for the youth to realise their purpose and contribution in the society. The priest expressed his and the group’s gratitude to the CD’s sponsors, the Tshepo and Gumede families, whose “tireless effort” ensured that the project was realised.

Sisize Baba’ can be ordered at R80 a copy from the Mariannhill Monastery Repository by calling 031 7001031.

Post by Mauricio Langa