The eigth edition of The Crowns will be nothing short of perfection! This year the standard will transcend expectations from the crop of Gospel artists to the actual production.
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 MbokaziFounder & Executive Producer
The Crown's launch confirmed (18 August) that the the 8th SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards will take place on 15 November 2015, at Durban's ICC. The main event, as is the norm, will be preceded by the notorious White Party (Nominees Announcement) on 9 October, where finalists in all 36 categories will be announced.Nominees are currently open and will close on 1 October2015. On 31 October, there will be a nominees roadshow in UMTATA. Other pre-Crowns events include 8th IZIKO GOSPEL MUSIC CONVENTION to held in Capetown this September.
The Crowns launch also played as a platform for the big announcement by the World Gospel Powerhouse ie the new baby called Trumpet Africa Gospel Music Awards (TAGMA) - to be launched in Nigeria, Lagos on 11 September 2015 (awards during Africa Month - May 2016). According to the President of the World Gospel Powerhouse, Zanele Mbokazi, "The idea of the TAGMA's was born out of the desire to develop and expose local Gospel music to outside countries while recognising other artists from other African countries and those in the diaspora."
"We know about artists from the US but the continent of Africa does not know the rich talent they have."
The World Gospel Powerhouse has also launched a website for all things Gospel, more like an onlineshop. The website will invite products and services like music, clothing, events' tickets, books etc. Companies and individual will need to register on www.theafricangospel.com to ensure that their products are available in all countries.
Crown Awards tickets will be available at Computickets in September but to jump the queue one may book via 031 303 3520
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!
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