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The sixth annual SABC Crown Gospel Awards are on the horizon as the submissions for entries of interested musicians are now open.
The founder of the biggest gospel award ceremony on the continent, Zanele Mbokazi (pictured), shed light on what can be expected from this year’s event.
“We are very excited about this upcoming show. I can actually say that it is going to be a lot better technically, so people should expect the best show yet,” said Mbokazi.
She pointed out that after putting on a successful awards show, the creative team got straight down to planning for the next one.
“We take notes to find out what went wrong so that we know what needs to be adjusted.
“For example, we have even had to revisit the categories we have, so expect some changes,” she said.
Although Mbokazi would not elaborate further on the changes, she did give a hint of what the new categories may be for.
“We introduced a category for the church because we believe that is where the gospel begins.
“It doesn’t have to be about music, but since we believe in Jesus, we are asking what the church is doing to support Christian ideologies.
“So the church must go beyond the Sunday service. It must help those around it and send pictures to us for consideration at the awards,” she said.
Interestingly, unlike other award ceremonies, gospel musicians have more leeway when it comes to submitting their material. According to Mbokazi, a musician can enter an album released as far back as 18 months ago.
“Our artists do not release on an annual basis so it becomes difficult to demand new material every year. You may also see a lot of people come through with albums that were on the awards ceremony the previous year.
“That is because they can enter the same CD in a category they didn’t enter previously. So if it was in Best Engineering last year, it can be in Best Male this year,” she explained.
Mbokazi had one more surprise for fans of the show who might not make it to the event at the Durban International Convention Centre.
“We might just go live through SABC1. It’s not confirmed yet, but that’s our goal this year, and I can say we are very close,” she said.
May the best win on the night.