History was made on Saturday night at the Grand Arena when Hanover Park gospel star Jonathan Rubain hosted a sold-out Pinkster concert.
The father of three announced his show earlier this year and said his mission was to set a record for the first-ever Cape Town based gospel artist to fill up the 5 000 seater venue.
And on Saturday he did just that when he sold a total of 5524 tickets.
“This is not me, this is God; ’it gaan lankal nie meer oor my nie,” an elated Jonathan told the audience.
He said while the venue “cost him a hefty amount” to hire, he wasn’t going to let that scare him.
“I can’t be stopped, this event brought thousands of people together, there was no way I was going to risk this meeting for a price.”
Pinkster at GrandWest, where people sang koortjies and did koordans, was a huge success and Jonathan adds: “A few weeks ago, I remembered my first ever concert at the Joseph Stone Auditorium in 2009.
“I had 540 people in attendance, now ten years later, 5 400 people bought tickets and I was filled with gratitude when I saw that number.”
Joining him on stage were the members of his newly established band, Seuns van Sion, who also released their first album, Verlustig Jou In Hom, at the show.
WATCH: People singing along with muso Jonathan Rubain
Besides Jonathan, the band consists of Kurt Coetzee, Colin Mitchells and Roland Miggels.
Guest artists on Saturday night included Dimmy, Ischka Grootboom, Leandra Basie and Michaela Andres.