Young Catholic Twins Sing A Light Of Hope During Covid-19 Struggle
A duo of Catholic twin singers has released a song in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Lebone and Lesedi Khunou, who are known by the name The Light, are twin sisters from Alexandra in Johannesburg.
Their song “This Too Shall Pass” features two other artists and has been well received.
“We saw how South Africa and the world were so distressed, scared and hopeless. True to our group name, we thought we’d be that light that shines through in this difficult and dark period,” Lebone Khunou said. “We wanted to let people know that this too shall pass, and that God will see us through.”
She said The Light included other artists in the song “to help us in spreading this message of hope as well as to show unity and togetherness and that, if we come together as a people we can fight the virus”.
The identical twins, who are marketing graduates from the University of Johannesburg and parishioners at St Hubert’s in Alexandra, started to sing in the church youth choir.
They became serious about being musicians in 2015. The Light was an obvious group name choice. “Both our names translate as light in English,” Lesedi explained.
“Added to that, the name holds a significant weight in our call to ‘bring the Light of Christ to the world through our music’.”
The group took off in the same year, after an overwhelming response to a Facebook challenge for people to post videos of themselves singing Christmas carols.
“The reception was phenomenal as we saw how touched people were. We posted more videos, and started a YouTube channel,” Lesedi said. In 2017 they released their debut CD, titled Filled With Hope.
The Light’s repertoire is made up of popular Catholic songs, and their own compositions. Their fanbase has since grown to include Catholics and nonCatholics alike.
“Catholics make up the majority of our fanbase. They love how we have taken the traditionally sung Catholic hymns and revamped them to give them a new expression,” said Lebone.
“The non-Catholics love both our own compositions as well as the Catholic hymns, most especially the Marian song ‘Kwake Kwathi’, which was quite interesting to us given the widespread misconception about Our Lady and her role in the Church,” she said.
The sisters are busy on a song about the new Pastoral Plan, and hope to release it soon.
They are also planning to host their second annual Christmas Carols concert, and are looking at releasing their second album before the end of the year.