Mariannhill Priest Releases Tenth Gospel Album
By Mauricio Langa – Far from celebrities and buzzing city life, Mariannhill Father Lawrence Mota composes music in his humble, secluded room at Mariannhill monastery in KwaZulu-Natal.
The view overlooking the monastery’s iconic arched gate and the grotto of Our Lady is ideal for crafting musical sounds that have inspired and captivated many.
Fr Mota debuted with his gospel album Sisize Baba in 2010, and the newly released nine-track gospel album Udumo KuNkulunkulu is his tenth.
He has always worked with other musicians, and on this latest release has featured two of his confreres, Frs Sibusiso Mkhize and Siyabonga Mbeje.
Fr Mota, who is also the superior of Mariannhill monastery, says the album is a tool to highlight the problematic social issues that are deep-rooted in our communities, such as alcohol and drug abuse, and violence against women and children.
He says these difficult situations are faced by many, often the most vulnerable in society, and this encourages him to challenge those in leadership to address them. Fr Mota says when battling such situations, people find it difficult to praise and glorify God.
He says all members of communities have the responsibility to fight crime, corruption and violence. “That is why this new album is a call based on human values and the spirit of ubuntu”, Fr Mota concluded.
Udumo KuNkulunkulu (R60) can be bought at the Mariannhill monastery repository. Phone 031 700 1031.