The seventh addition of The Crowns is nothing short of perfection! This year the standard has transcended expectations from the crop of Gospel artists to the actual production.
"The quality and diversity of the products is amazing.
This year we have confirmed that Gospel Music is extremely rich and there are a number of talented and professional artists that are still not well known.
I am in awe with the craft that we have received! I salute all those who entered and whether they are nominated tonight or not, they all remain winners!"
- Zanele Mbokazi
Founder & Executive Producer
The Crown Gospel Music Awards concept is a brainchild of Zanele Mbokazi, founder and President of the World Gospel Powerhouse. The idea came about in 2006 and two years later, the idea became a phenomenon to be reckoned with. Crown Gospel Music Awards is an initiative of the World Gospel Powerhouse. The first Crown Gospel Music Awards were held in 2008, in the presence of thousands of gospel music loyalists. A number of remarkable gospel musicians from across Africa have been revered in the past four years and many have graced the Awards stage as they delivered poignant performances!
After much deliberation, knocking on various doors and endless meetings, the concept of the Gospel Music Awards showed fruition. The name of the Awards had to be chosen. It could have been the SA Gospel Music Awards but the vision was to go beyond RSA borders. Then, 'Reflections' Gospel Awards also came up but… something was missing. Crown Gospel Music Awards sounded aspirational and attainable. The Crown (Umqhele) signifies the ultimate award that will be adorned to all His servants in Heaven on the last day.
The idea was and still is, to salute the sons and daughters in the gospel music industry under various categories. To date the Awards boasts more than 30 categories. The winners are awarded a Crown, for their sterling contribution in the gospel music industry.
The awards have grown to attract people from all over the world e.g. Pastor Paula White from the US in 2010, The President (Zuma) over 3 years, Ministers from many African countries. The celebrities across different sectors in SA.
The entire Gospel Music Industry gathers each year in November – some of the crowned lifetime achievers include Rebecca, Benjamin Dube, Sizwe Zako, Lindelani Mkhize, Sipho Makhabane.
Did you know that Zanele's dedication and popularityonce won her the DJ of the Year Award only 6 months after starting at UKHOZI FM? She was also one of the first female DJs to present the demanding, challenging Drive home show on a radio station – commanding 6.3 million listeners!
She obtained a BA Degree from the University of Natal and continued and obtained a BA Honours degree in Media and Communications and recently completed her Masters in Business (MBA).
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