ONE Gospel launched on Sunday 4 November, on DStv Channel 331.
The 24/7 satellite television channel showcases gospel music from all over the African continent and the world, including studio-generated and live performances from both famous and up-and-coming artists.
According to the channel, ONE Gospel will offer "a meaningful and sharing experience to its viewers through peace, power and promise of gospel music".
Viewers can enjoy gospel music videos, concerts, praise and worship sessions, talk shows, artist interviews, magazine and game shows and more.
ONE Gospel will fill the commercial void between MTV, VH1 and Channel O, providing a platform specifically dedicated to gospel music in all its manifestations, from traditional, to choral, to urban contemporary.
There are 10 presenters on the channel, who will rotate presenting duties.
They include former M-Net continuity presenter Gerry Rantseli, actor and musician Richard Cyril, KTV presenter Roxy Burger, YOTV presenter Selae Thobakgale, Tube presenter Sihle Dube, presenter and actress Carly Fields, musician Avis Dlamini and actress Manu Ndlovu.
Also joining the ONE Gospel team are two Kenyans, Nasieku Leshimphiro and Naomi Theuri.Gerry Rantseli
Gerry Rantseli is a South African television presenter, host, MC and businesswoman best known for co-hosting the first season of the reality television competition Big Brother South Africa
, in 2001.
She was also a continuity announcer for M-Net.
Gerry started her working career within the liberation struggle as a teenager on the Cape Flats.
She later followed the move of one of her mentors, Cheryl Carolus, to Johannesburg to work for the African National Congress at National level.
She also uses her public profile as a celebrity to get involved in as many social projects as possible. She has assisted as an Aids Ambassador for the President's Office and frequently helps organisations like Reach for a Dream and the Orlando Children’s Home.
Recently, at the invitation of the Minister of Health, Gerry assisted in highlighting the plight of those struggling with TB, HIV and Aids. In 2001 she was appointed Head of Television and Broadcasting for Allenby Campus.
In April 2002 she was MC at the International Vaccination Conference held in Cape Town which was attended by former president Nelson Mandela and the Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, Mrs. Graca Machel Mandela.
In 2001 Gerry co-hosted the first ever South African Big Brother, with Mark Pilgrim
In 2002 Soulmate Productions headed by Gerry and Alex Rantseli got together with publishing house Carpe Diem Media to create an inspirational publication called Soul Magazine, of which Gerry was an Editor.
In 2004 Soulmate Productions launched its personal development division aimed at creating a networking and training environment in which women can grow and develop their skills but also to develop the leaders of tomorrow.
Gerry currently holds active directorships in Hlobisile Transport Management.
In August 2005, she was appointed the Patron of Othandweni Children’s Home and 2006 saw Gerry launching Cinnamon Communications (Learn, Grow and Experience the Essence of Life).
She is married to businessman Kerry Elsdon.Gerry's Profile
Born in Nigeria and now a South African citizen, Richard Cyril is an actor, musician, model and television presenter.
He was raised in the United States of America and returned to Nigeria where he completed a B.Sc degree in Finance at the University of Port Harcourt.
He left Nigeria in 1997 and moved to Johannesburg, where he has built a solid career in the entertainment/promotions industry.
As part of the KenRich Promotions, with his brother Kenneth, he has performed at a variety of events including the M-Net Summer festival (1997), Reach for a Dream Events (various), Vodacom Yebo Net corporate (1998), the South African talk show Felicia and at the All Africa Games(1999).
The KenRich crew achieved success with the release of the single 'Handy Man', which was nominated for the Best Dance Single at the South African Music Awards in 2000.
Richard also hosted and presented the 13-part series MTN Gladiators for M-Net Africa, which was shot in Nigeria (2002).
His exploits on and behind the screen include MTN Gladiators South Africa, commercials for Nando's, Liquifruit, Auto Pedigree, DStv (West Africa), Super Sport, Guinness, Cell C, and television and movie appearances on Streaks, Going Up, Generations, Scandal!, Clear Target, Max and Mona and African Story.
Richard has invested five years of work in the casino industry and the promotion thereof in South Africa. He has been the voice, face and personality of Monte Casino, Gold Reef City Casino and Caesar's Palace for many years.Richard's Profile
Roxy Burger is a South African actress and television presenter best known as a presenter for KTV on M-Net, since 1999.
She began her career at the tender age of 10 years old, starting with the odd TV commercial.
This early period in her career also made space for a leading role in an international Disney made-for-TV movie as well as a Discovery Kid’s television series, Scout’s Safari, which went on to win an Emmy Award for Best Children’s Television Series.
Her kids presenting career culminated in her being chosen to represent KTV at the 2007 Kid’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California.
After finishing matric, Roxy enrolled in a three-year Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Johannesburg, in Audiovisual Production Management.
Selae Thobakgale is a South African television presenter best known for hosting a variety of kid's shows on YOTV on SABC1.
She was born in Soweto but soon thereafter moved to Limpopo where she lived for three years. She started her television career at the age of 7.
She was discovered in a classroom at primary school while in detention - her music teacher asked her to sing for the TV crew that had come to audition some kids and she’s been on TV ever since.
Having been in the industry for 12 years, Selae has been lucky enough to do almost everything from featuring in movies, to acting in drama series, presenting reality shows, game shows and live shows to being involved in production as a production assistant, camera woman and editor in training.
Towards the end of her primary school phase in the year 2000, she received her big break as a YOTV presenter; this opportunity set her career path in motion as it opened up even more opportunities for growth and maximum exposure.
She was nominated for a Crystal award for Best Kids’ Presenter in 2004.
Her highlights have been hosting former president Nelson Mandela’s birthday and interviewing the likes of Oprah Winfrey.Selae's Profile
Sihle Dube is a South African actor and television presenter best known for hosting the SABC2 Tube show Zaka, from 2005-2006.
Dube is from the South of Jo’burg Soweto, Protean. He lives with his parents, two sisters, two brothers and a niece. They all share the same religion in the family, Christianity.
Sihle completed his matric in 2000 at Langlaagte Technical School.
He then studied a film course at a private college in Johannesburg, which he completed in 2006 at NEMISA together with the Algonquin College of Canada, obtaining his Masters in animation scriptwriting and scriptwriting.
Sihle starting his television career in 2004 with a guest role in the e.tv soapie Backstage and in 2005 he landed the presenting job on Zaka.Sihle's Profile
Carly Fields is a South African television presenter, actress and voiceover artist best known for hosting the children's show YOTV Wildroom.
Starting at the age of 14, Carly has anchored numerous shows in South Africa, from Wildroom to Disney's Roadhog, Disney's Cartoon Café and X-Attitude, and has done various promos for brands like Coca-Cola, Telkom, Nabisco, ABSA, KFC, DSTV, Standard Bank, and MTN.
In 2006 she appeared on the third one-off TV special of quiz show Test The Nation, entitled National Parenting Test, as the Team Captain representing mothers.
She has attended international movie premieres in New York and London, and has done red carpet and one-on-one interviews with some of the biggest actors in the world.
Carly has won two best youth presenter awards in 2004 and 2005, and also had a cameo role on the SABC1 soapie Generations, in 2007.Carly's Profile
Avis Dlamini is a Swaziland-born South African singer, songwriter and television presenter.
Her ONE Gospel gig is her first television job.
Avis was born to a family of five siblings in Swaziland.
She attended St Mark's primary and high school, where she was a choir director for the last two years of high school for the Swaziland Student Christian Fellowship group.
Avis arrived in Johannesburg in 1998 where she completed her matric and then in 2000 she went on to join the Joyous Celebration, where she was introduced to professional singing.
During and after her four-year stay with the group she worked with various artists in almost all genres of music. She worked with Judith Sephuma when she toured France, Thandiswa Mazwai, Malaika, Colea, and Bheki Mseleku to name a few.
She received a Glory award in 2001 for Best Female Vocalist in Swaziland and also did jingles for SABC2 where she sang the national anthem and did voice-overs for the theme song.
Avis toured Malawi with Keke and other artists which is where she met Oupa, her current manager, who later introduced her to Spirit Music with whom she is signed as a recording artist.
Avis recorded her debut album Harvest which has various genres of music including jazz, kwaito, afro-pop, worship, mbaqanga, traditional gospel and co-temporal sounds. Avis writes her own music and does production work as well.Avis' Profile
Manu Ndlovu is a South African artist, actor and television presenter.
Her first working experience was with Eager Artist Co. which was based in the Playhouse Company in Durban in 2001.
Her specialties included acting, dancing and singing.
While working with this company she was nominated for an FNB Vita Award as the best up-and-coming actress in 2001.
She then worked for an AIDS organisation (Young People for Change) for Kwa-Mashu youth, as a dance trainer.
While working for this organisation she caught the attention of the South African Drama Association and was recruited to work for them as a drama adjudicator.
Manu has contributed to numerous community projects by offering her services and skills to a number of youths. Her first television job was as a presenter on Take 5.Manu's Profile
Nasieku Leshimphiro is a Kenyan television presenter who will soon be best known for presenting The Day Show on ONE Gospel, since 4 November 2007.
Nasieku has a passion for documentaries and production of different programmes.
She is currently a freelancer and saving up to go back to school to study PR or film but hasn’t made her final decision on what to study as yet.
Her biggest inspiration comes from her family.
Nasieku’s nephew (2) makes her feel as though she can do anything and nothing is impossible - she is a free spirit.
Her hobbies include traveling, extreme sports, dancing and reading.Nasieku's Profile
Naomi Theuri is a Kenyan television presenter best known for presenting the show On The Mic on DStv's religious channel ONE Gospel, since 4 November 2007.
She is a working student at the Jomo Kenyatta University, studying a BComm, and a mother of a son called Ivan.
She started music in 2002 but only sang cover versions. Eventually she became bored of it because they were not her songs and she wanted to do more than just sing other people's songs.
Naomi took some time out to reflect, to redefine herself and find out what she really wanted to do with music.
She currently writes her own music and is working on releasing an album.
Her hobbies include traveling, reading, music and performing.Naomi's Profile
Catch ONE Gospel on DStv channel 331.