Gospel group Spirit of Praise breaks into song on South African flight
Gospel group Spirit of Praise breaks into song on board South African flight – but their performance sparks angry claims of disrespecting other passengers (so what would YOU make of it?)
- The singers are currently on tour in South Africa for their ninth gospel album
Gospel group Spirit of Praise recently broke into a song on board a flight, but their performance has sparked angry claims of disrespecting other passengers.
The group is currently on tour for their ninth gospel album, which has been selling out venues and topped the charts in South Africa.
In a video that went viral on social media, Omega Khunou, a singer in the group, filmed himself and other Spirit of Praise members singing their song Moy’Oyingcwele aboard a packed plane.
While some passengers seemed to enjoy the show, others appeared to be annoyed by the impromptu concert.
This was mirrored on X, formerly known as Twitter, where users angrily claimed the loud singing was disrupting other passengers.
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While some passengers seemed to enjoy the show, others appeared to be annoyed by the impromptu concert
A South African radio presenter Solomzi Thandubuntu weighed in on the debate. He wrote on X: ‘Just because it’s Gospel it doesn’t make this right.
‘Some people legit need to rest on the flight, others want to sleep, others want to read or enjoy other music on their headphones. Not cool.’
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Journalist Makhosazana Zwane-Siguqa added: ‘So annoying. Why do people feel entitled to infringe on others like this? They must charter a plane if they want to praise and worship onboard. The entitlement is nauseating.’
A third X user said: ‘Very inconsiderate to other passengers.’
‘This is whack, cause if I was on a flight with my friends and we all said “Allah hu Akbar” in unison we’d be arrested immediately,’ another pointed out.
Some users even said they would launch an official complaint about the unwanted concert.
‘Flying is not a fun experience neither is it cheap. That plus adding this noise? I would demand that the flight attendants shut it down immediately,’ one woman said.
‘And tell them that I will be filing an official complaint.’
Another user agreed and wrote: ‘The [strongly worded] email I would send the airline after this would make international news.’
The group’s marketing manager Matthew Nkabinde told TshisaLIVE that no passenger had complained after the flight in September, which had already landed and crew were preparing for passengers to leave the aircraft.
In a video that went viral on social media, Omega Khunou (pictured wearing a grey jumper), a singer in the group, filmed himself and other Spirit of Praise members singing their song Moy’Oyingcwele aboard a packed plane
While there was outrage over the video and the impromptu plane concert on X, the group’s marketing manager said the video on TikTok was ‘doing very well’ and there was ‘no backlash’
The award-winning group released their first album in 2008 and is known for their all-star lineups of artists singing original praise and worship songs
He said: ‘The plane had just touched down in Durban and they were about to disembark so they started singing.’
While there was outrage on X, Mr Nkabinde said the video on TikTok was ‘doing very well’ and there was ‘no backlash’.
He added: ‘We had a beautiful tour in Durban, we came back the people were happy. As South Africans we sing.’
Spirit of Praise’s next tour stop is at the Carnival City Casino and Entertainment World on December 2, for which tickets are already sold out.
The award-winning group released their first album in 2008 and is known for their all-star lineups of artists singing original praise and worship songs.
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