Dave Ornellas - Plugged In

Sunday 1st October 1995
Dave Ornellas - Plugged In
Dave Ornellas - Plugged In

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 18605-27571
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Trevor Kirk

A last minute addition to the Cross Rhythms '95 bill and what a sensation he was! Dave mixes great rock praise music and thoughtful contemporary message songs yet still finds time to pastor a church in a coloured township of a million inhabitants near Cape Town and travelling all over the place with his wife Loretta and his son and daughter Daniel (bass guitar) and Bechara (who's got a voice that a lot of girl singers would give their right arms to possess). Dave's voice is reminiscent of some of those old time Deep South blues singers, sounds like dropping a bucket of ball bearings on a corrugated iron roof, but with feeling. He also writes a mean song, my favourite on the 15-track album is the one he and Daniel sang in the Mega tent on the Sunday morning, "Hearts Of The Sons", a song of reconciliation that touched the hearts of my son and I who were both there to hear it. Other well-known names on the songwriting credits include Alvin Slaughter, Tom Inglis and Carman, but Dave never forgets his own country. The first track is a song he wrote during the recent South African elections, "Building A Nation", and the closer is a medley of two South African Zulu worship songs, "Bayete Inkosi" (I Salute You Lord) and the better known "Jabulani" (Rejoice). Will somebody offer this guy a distribution deal? His ministry is truly anointed. This is praise music with fibre - All Bran for the soul.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Pam Penrose in Cape Town @ 10:49 on Mar 15 2011

Hi ...
Yes I am that Pam from Rosebank
Please send your details and I will make contact

Reply by p in uk @ 20:31 on May 23 2011


Please mail me on the above and I will explain further. It would be good to see you again.

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Posted by Pam Penrose in Cape Town @ 08:19 on Dec 14 2009

I would really like to get hold of the lyrics for the song Painter by Dave Ornellas please. I do so love it and if someone could send the words I'd really appreciate it
Thanks Pam

Reply by Pam Penrose in cape Town @ 06:25 on Mar 12 2011

hi ??
Saw your message. Yes I am that Pam. Send me your details I will make contact

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Reply by Old Friend in europe @ 18:27 on Jul 29 2010

Hi Pam

Are you formerly of Jo'Burg and Rosebank Mall? I am an old friend who would like to make contact again?

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Posted by Simondavid Whitehead in UK @ 11:27 on Sep 22 2009

Hi Pastor Dave, listening to your music the other day I mentioned to my daughter that you married my wife and I at Stellenberg Chapel in Pinelands 14 feb 1998, we have two daugters 6 and 2 years and lost two in the 11 years of marriage, your songs, leadership and marrying us are still a great seed in our hearts and we still thank you, the days in Mossel Bay with the Hamrony team were great, visiting your churhc so many times are great memories although we live in the UK now we miss SA so much, visited CT home last year and maybe next year, Trust all is a Blessing to you and your family, all the very best in His name, remember the many lives you have touched, those things that we can only take to Glory, therefore the many that you helped do not forget and continue doing the good work for Him, in Jesus' name, Blessings to you.

Posted by maggie in johannesburg @ 22:14 on Apr 23 2009

Hi Dave, I used to listen to your music many years ago and was really blessed by it. There is one song in particular that I have thought about recently. I think the title was PAINTER. Is there any way I could get a copy of the lyrics. It is just for the purpose of having it in my spiritual journal. I loved the truth of the words. Look forward to hearing from you.

Posted by Tony Cestone in New York @ 04:04 on Sep 6 2008

Yo Davo... still going strong for Jesus
Feed your faith ... starve your doubts to death.
ON and on and on... and on The Willis shoffelllll.
In HIS Steps,

Posted by Merle Tait in Nelspruit @ 20:31 on Aug 21 2007

I knew Dave some years ago, when passing through the West Rand. He often played at Roberts church. Leanne and i love his music. I would like to make contact. A song of those years in particular was, Bird with a broken wing. I have since had menangitis, and have gone deaf, but i am a music teacher still. Great is Our Lord.

Yours in Christ


Reply by Matthew in Cape Town @ 10:16 on Apr 8 2008

Hey Merle!
You mentioned that you would like to make contact with dave ornellas? His one of the pastors at the church i attend in Mitchells Plain. Still doing his thing(Music) and the passion is still there. You should visit sumtime- the church is called The Church in Westridge, situated in Saringa road westridge-Mitchells plain. Service starts at 9

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