Dave Ornellas, d 2010

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Monday 13th September 2010

South African music pioneer Dave Ornellas dies

SOUTH AFRICAN pastor, conference speaker and musician Dave Ornellas died on 8th September 2010. After years of working in South Africa's mainstream rock industry with the band Hawk (renamed JoBurg Hawk for the European market) drug abuse took its toll. Ornellas made a life-changing decision for Christ in January 1976. With Christ bringing restoration to his marriage Ornellas turned his musical gift to gospel music and subsequently recorded independent albums 'Masters And Kings', 'Shiloh', (with his family) 'With Love' and 'Plugged In'. For many years he was senior pastor of a church in Mitchell's Plain, Cape Town. He ministered with his family at Cross Rhythms Festival 1995 and his son, Daniel, is a well known musician having played in the bands Naked Lyric and Tree63. CR

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Posted by Guy Willson in Misima Island, Papua New Guine @ 10:26 on Oct 13 2019

I met Dave at Rhema in Randburg while at RBTC. I would really like to get a copy of the CD Shiloh. Can anyone help? We'll use it here in PNG for ministry.

Posted by Martin Mashaba in Polokwane, South Africa @ 06:50 on Oct 12 2016

Wow. So sad to only learn of his passing on this morning - six years later. The first time I heard him sing was with the Rhema Church Worship team and I fell in love with him. Wonderful musician!

Posted by |Mike Martin in Melbourne, Australia @ 08:05 on Jul 31 2016

I was very saddened to read of Dave's passing. He was a true musician and inspiration. I had the privilege of playing with him and his son at a Pinelands High School Gospel crusade, in Cape Tow about 1998.
it was truly inspirational!
He lives on in his music.

Posted by KEZIA in HARARE, ZIMBABWE @ 10:37 on Feb 26 2015

Wow! I was a little girl, but I remember very well Dave as a this amazing Rock singer with a raspy voice. I had never heard that kind of singing in church, at that stage in my life I only associated it with radio and non-gospel singers. The difference between him and the worldly singers is what I understand now as grace, as the love of God and love for God. I saw and heard him when he visited a local church in Harare, maybe early 80s or 90s. But two days ago I woke up from a dream singing a song that I didn't know it's lyrics quite well. The words that kept coming to me are: "...conquerers, masters and kings...". Those words remained in my little head, all those years back. I typed the words in the youtube slot and voila! I found the song. Thanks for putting up the songs, such a blessing.

Posted by Thys Greyvenstein in Mosselbay-South Africa @ 21:22 on Jun 14 2014

Where can I buy Hawk music and gospel music from Dave Ornellas

Reply by ron in pretoria @ 17:06 on Jun 20 2018

About where to find Hawk's music, maybe u could try his daughter's site at beshara.co.za. In addition, Benji Mudie (of 702 juke-box fame--from 10pm on a Saturday night), an ol' friend of Dave Ornellas, may also be able to assist u.

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Posted by Kash Harvey in Zimbabwe Bulawayo @ 12:40 on Feb 7 2014

Dave made an impact on my life when he came to our church in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. I still haven't heard anything like that amazing voice and the grace upon his life musically!! We give God all the glory for the grace that we saw in Dave!
Someone please tell me where i can get hold of his music especially "Plugged in". kharvey@tczonline.com is may email.

Posted by Tony Vrugtman in Alkmaar, The Netherlands @ 18:58 on Jul 16 2013

Back to memory lane, saw Dave with his Hawk in the Roodepoort Town Hall, must heve been roundabout 1970. Nevr can forget him. Glad one can still hear him via Youtube. Search "Hawk joburg"

Posted by Justin Bowles in Cape Town, Mitchell's Plain @ 20:56 on May 6 2013

I can not explain the over joy and excitement in hearing my pastor sing after all the years the our church dissembler ed. My family and i attended Rheme Church at the hall on Princeton High School where Dave was our pastor, later the name changed to Shiloh Family Church, which has still the unfinished church in Westridge. Daniel, your sister and mother bless you guys and its wonderfull being under the leadership of your father. Praise God for pastor Dave.

Posted by TONY browne in Blackpool.Lancashire,England @ 17:57 on Mar 14 2013

how does one,i live in england, get a hold of his cds.albums???cant seem to locate?anyone help me???thanks,God bless.Tony,england..emailo is....tony_humble47@hotmailo.co.uk

Posted by Hettie Brits in Parys @ 16:18 on Mar 2 2013

Saw the band Hawk perform at a resort early 70's. Years later in 1976/77, not exactly sure of the date, a group had a "show at our local church in Sasolburg. When I heard what the surname was, I immediately thought of the band Hawk, but could not remember the face all that well. He was with his wife, gave his testimony and then I knew for sure. Although he did not mention the band Hawk by name, I knew it had to be him. After a wonderful service, the congregation had tea in the hall and I approached him and introduced myself as well as the fact that I was at one of his earlier performances as Hawk. He was really so surprised, could not believe I recognised him. What a shock when I heard of him passing away. He was a wonderful servant of God and is sadly missed.

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