The Simply Chrysolite story is one of how a group of township girls went from zero to hero after their lives were touched by one person and organisation that gave them hope.
The six young women escaped the social bondage of township life stricken with crime and poverty with the aid of the youth enablement project, an outreach headed by Tim Omotoso (Tim Omotoso Global Outreach).
Mabongi Shinga, Hlengiwe Nguse, Dolce Bophela, Phumzile Ngcobo, Thabiso Mkhize and Thabzo Mkhwanazi had all dropped out of school unable to further their education for various reasons. However through the help of (T.O.G.O.), the young women, who have no formal music training, were taught to compose their own music. Today they are known as Simply Chrysolite – a group that has risen from ‘zero to hero’; from grass to grace….
In a recent trip to Jamaica last month, those they met were star-struck. Radio show host, Dennis Isis Miller, said she developed goose bumps all over her body from their singing. She described their music as soul lifting and inspiring. She was amazed at their talents and kept asking for more songs to be sung.
US gospel mega star and 8 time Grammy award winner, Kirk Franklin, met the girls during the tour and described their sound as “Fresh”, “Dope” and “Crazy.” He said the girls are very talented and was totally amazed by their voices and harmony.
Their success is evident from every angle, with the girls recently scooping six awards (five of these being International). These include: Music Video of the Year for ‘Lord I Love You’, presented at Italy’s 2012 Gospel Music Awards, the Best Gospel Group/Choir of the Year at London’s recent African Gospel Music Awards as well as the Best International act at the Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television Arts awards in London where they beat 6 time Grammy award winner Kelly Rowland amongst others. In 2010 the all-girl band won a South African Crown Gospel Music Award for Best Engineering album for their debut release.
Their outstanding achievement is made more significant by the challenging and impoverished back-grounds they all come from. To date a variety of comments have flooded in and the girls have been referred to as “Spice Girls of the gospel world”; “the African Take 6″; “angels singing” to name just a few. Having risen from their humble beginnings and achieved huge success, Simply Chrysolite’s future is nothing but bright.
The group has over the two years performed in various arenas throughout South Africa and beyond; including Nigeria and most recently to a crowd of over 100,000 people in Kingston, Jamaica where they gave a stellar performance and look forward to performing in their hometown.
The Chrysolite Story is heart-warming and they are living the dream as their lives have been completely turned around and they are now a living example and youth models for those who have lost hope, and can’t seem to find a way out.
For more information, please visit the group’s official website: www.simplychrysolite.co.za. Their singles, ringtones and album are available on iTunes, Tesco entertainment, amazon mp3, nokia ovi and other good stores; not forgetting their 4 hit videos all available on their YouTube page and website.
A very limited number of public tickets are available to the elegant celebratory dinner / concert. To book your seat, contact Cebo on 079 703 0447.