The Crown Gospel Music Awards are back with more vivacity, Spirit and Praise than ever. Hosted at the Durban ICC on the 17th November, the awards will undoubtedly be a night to remember and are expected to draw huge gospel fans from around Southern African countries. In what is expected to be the premier night in the gospel industry calendar in Africa, the awards promises to be one of the biggest thus far with praise, worship and over 100 artists nominated in 32 categories.
 
This red carpet event, celebrates its 6th anniversary this year and has grown into being the best gospel awards extravaganza in Africa, attracting nominees and performances from artists from Nigeria, Mozambique, Kenya, and Swaziland.
 
This year’s event will broadcast live on three Southern Africa’s national broadcasting stations, SABC 2, Mozambique TV and Swazi TV and will feature performances by Sifiso Ncwane, Rebecca Malope, The Plain Truth, Andile kaMajola, Mkokstad, Vicky Vilakazi and more. The guests are set to experience an outstandingly exquisite celebration of African gospel music from all around the world.
 
“The City recognises the role religion and gospel music played in shaping South African history and democracy. The awards held in Durban, they feature a number of artists that come from our townships who directly and indirectly become ambassadors of the City for the positive contribution to the music industry. These awards have become a premier event in the calendar of gospel music industry and attract nominees from the rest of the African Continent. This is in line with our goal of taking Durban to the world” said the Mayor, James Nxumalo.
Over the years, the CROWNS have ensured that for every event, up and coming artists or groups gets a big break through giving them a platform to perform and showcase their talent. This year, Nathi and Nkayiso from Pietermaritzburg will be featured as guest artists.
 
“The awards’ form part of our goal to promote our City to new markets. This is in line with our visitor strategy aimed at attracting and encouraging the rest of South Africa, to experience what our City has to offer. The awards brings a number of visitors from other provinces importantly Gauteng and have an economic contribution estimated to over R10 million with direct and indirect spend within the City,” said Phillip Sithole, Head of Durban Tourism.
 
This year’s ceremony promises to be bigger and better maintaining its reputation as the leading gospel music awards that brings together music fans, award winning musicians and international recording artists of different gospel genres. Durban artists have been nominated in various categories namely: The Best Gospel Song: Andile kaMajola, Best Gospel Video: Sfiso Ncwane, Best Classic: Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Best Accapella: Ithimba leAfrica and Best Gospel Producer: Nathi Zungu.
 
 
For more information contact Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820 / 082 731 7456 or email Thabo1.mofokeng@durban.gov.za