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Lionel Petersen dead and obituary, legendary worship leader


Rest Well Sir #LionelPetersen !!! Thank you for the music, the memories and inspiration through your gift of music !!! Condolences to Auntie Valerie Triegaardt Petersen, Lyndon Cuba Petersen and the entire family !!!

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Saddest news #LionelPetersen is no more. My sincere condolences to sis Val, his sons and the extended family, the church he loved and music lovers. #RIPLionelPetersen

Born, bred, and raised in Alexandra Township, Lionel Petersen has been part of some bands, including The Thunderballs and The Miracles from Pretoria East. It was with this second band that he released an album titled The Miracles , wherein his name was spelled wrong (the sleeve had a mistake).

Lionel joined another popular group from the Eastern Cape called The Invaders, whom he worked with before joining Clive Calder and Ralph Simon’s well-known management team. It was while he was with The Invaders that he traveled overseas and, once back in the country, left the group to go solo.

His first single was a hit and won him a Sarie Award. Though Lionel has been unwell since 2016, he is now recovering well and will soon be performing on stage again. Before his illness, he was a popular singer and song writer, who composed several hit tracks, including I Need A Little Love, Private Number, Try A Little Love, That’s The Way, Keep On Coming Back, and many more.

During this time, Lionel toured South Africa with some of his colleagues from the Soweto group Harari, including Cecil Mitchell, Ronnie Joyce , Ivan Ross , Sophia Foster , and Richard Jonathan Smith. He later joined the Rhema Church in Randburg as a pastor and began recording gospel music albums. His son Lyndon is also a talented musician and singer and currently works with his father in the Rhema worship team.


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