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SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards celebrate 5 years of grace

Posted by radio On November - 20 - 2012

 [By Kgomotso Moncho]

The SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards took place on the 18 of November at the Durban ICC honouring some of the best artists in gospel music. This annual event takes place in Durban and this year it celebrated “5 Years of grace.”Gospel is a top selling genre in South Africa and these Awards are an attraction in the country’s musical calendar. The Crown Gospel Music Awards have become one of KZN’s flagship events, hosted by the KZN government. They have become so big in their five years of existence that even President Jacob Zuma has become a regular guest. He was absent this time around, but was represented by two of the first ladies. 

Rebecca Malope was the recipient of the Best Gospel TV Show award.

  If you are of the thought that Gospel is a somber and conservative genre, the SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards dispelled this with raucous and explosive performances from the likes of gospel queen, Rebecca Malope and fellow artist from Nigeria, James Okon. Of all the music awards ceremonies in the country, these ones are probably the most collaborative, where the audience is very much part of the show, joining in with every hymn or chorus. And things can get unpredictably joyous. When First lady, Ma Ntuli came on to present an award, the crowd broke out singing ‘Umshini Wam’ for instance.

Reality 7 recipient of the Best Acapella award.

Ntokozo Mbambo and Hlengiwe Mhlaba. Ntokozo won the awards for Best Female and Best Gospel Artist

The role of radio and especially community radio in promoting gospel music was honoured with the Best Gospel Community Radio Show awarded to Thetha FM’s Gospel Tunes and Best Gospel Radio Show awarded to Ligwagwala FM’s Siyadumisa show. Rebecca Malope’s It’s Gospel Time took the award for Best Gospel TV Show.

 The SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards have grown so much so that new categories were added on this year. These include Best Gospel Poetry and Best Gospel Rap taken by Vusumuzi Phakathi and Thabang Byl (of Last Days Fam) respectively, who are forces within their individual and overlapping fields. Adding on to this brand, the founder of this event, Zanele Mbokazi announced that the International Gospel Music Blestival (word play on blessing and festival) would be happening in Durban on December 31 featuring one international act and many of SA’s cream of the Gospel crop. “It’s a date,” she said.

 

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