THE SOUTH AFRICAN ORION DUET AND MATUNDA YA YESU
MATUNDA YA YESU is under the direction of Lungile. This choir is comprised of African refugees who are resettled in Albuquerque. They sing in their African Languages: Kirundi, Kinyarwanda, and Swahili. The SAOD sings in South African languages such as Xhosa, Zulu, Ndebele, Sotho, and English.
Perfoming arts is their specialty. They sing, preach, and dance, depending on the occasion, but most of all, we are here to serve,advocate for the dignity and rights of the refugee and other vulnerable populations of the world.
The SAOD sings in churches, schools, theaters, weddings, and even in funerals.
They have perfomed around USA from New York to California. Their CD's have been sold in USA, England, Canada, and South Africa.
Elder Lungile Sinandile is an ordained Elder(Bishop) and a church Organist. If you would like a sample of his sermons please do not hesitate to ask. He specializes in :
To celebrate and retain their cultural identity Lungile and Nkazi perform South African cultural dances, music and drumming when invited by the schools for a cultural programs. Many of the songs they sing are composed and arranged by Lungile.
The duo temporarily lives with their two daughters and grand children in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Lungile: accomplished Composer, Singer, Guiterist, Key board and organ player, Ordained Elder, Preacher, Refugee Youth Choir director, Community Support Coordinator for African Refugees- New Mexico, HIV/AIDS orphans advocate, grand father, Certified by Family Dynamics Institute, "to lead the most, powerful and effective course for strengthening good marriages, revitalizing stagnant marriages, and saving marriages that seem to be lost”.
Nkazi: Accomplished Singer, Community Support Coordinator For African Refugees-New Mexico, ESL Tutor and Founder of Tutoring At Bambanani Village (TABV) for refugees; grand mother, Family Dynamics Institute certified and director of Women's Global Pathways New Mexico, a newly established organization that creates small business journeys for refugee and other immigrant women and girls.
Their thirty years in the United states has been riddled with misfortune ( has truly been a worthwhile wilderness experience for them, hence the book Lungile wrote - Second Chance), however, in spite of that, they have allowed God to use them to be His voice, the hands and feet for the less fortunate. "Their heart for Africa has not waned, even though the couple moved to the United States in 1981", says Patrick Dunn, for the Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico.