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Annual Gospel Awards 2019 nominees revealed

Publishing Date : 23 September, 2019

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The Annual Gospel Awards organisers held a press conference on the 7th of September 2019, at Baisago University College Outdoor facility, announcing the nominees for the awards. The awards ceremony will be held on the 2nd of November 2019, at Baisago Convention Center, under Theme “Reviving the over looked potential market”.

During the press conference the Production Manager for the awards Mr. Phempheretlhe Pheto, while welcoming the guests said the reason they came up with these awards was due to the challenge they embark on as Gospel Genre Music in Botswana. He continued; “most Batswana seem to have no interest in the genre hence, as the owners of the genre we have to take a stand for the advancement of the genre but we can only do it through your assistance. We believe tomorrow Batswana will have interest in the gospel music genre. He further said they will be working with VIV as their partner and other sponsors which will soon be announced. ”, said Mr Phempheretlhe.

The chief Judge for the awards Mr Seabe Raditladi, while announcing the nominees said their verdict came from all the albums submitted which has made sure they find time to listen to all he albums and singles submitted and most of the participants were males than females.  He further said he realised most participants did not enrol for the  category of Traditional Gospel music therefore, as the judges across all categories, even if you did not enrol for the category, they decided to place the artists on the category that suits their album. They judged on the identity of the artist, packaging of the album, element of creativity, lyrical content and visual appeal. The nominees are:

 Best Contemporary Gospel Album- Male

1. G&K- Let us pray
2. Kesebonye Sereto- Earthquake
3. Dimpho Kegakilwe- African Praise
4. Mpho Mponwane- Living miracle
5. David- He reigns
6. Ounah- The Throne

Best Contemporary Gospel Album-Female

1. Miss Gee- I can be
2. Sesame Baingapi- Mohau
3. Sesha- more than a song
4. Motlalepula- Yahweh

Best Traditional Gospel Album- female

1. Meyoress Mochankana- Best of Mayoress Mochankana
2. T.O.T Mbali- Bringing the ark of the Lord
3. Lorato Salane- Beautiful moments

Best Traditional Gospel Album- Male

1. Thuto Majaga- My prayer
2. Lyon Nkokonyane- Setshabelo
3. Lebaone Tlhagase- Bayete
4. T.T- O tla leng
5. Obakeng- Gotseba Modimo
6. Tshegofatso Kwadiba- The God of Enoch

Best New Comer Gospel Artist

1. Dimpho Kegakilwe
2. Thuto Majaga
3. Sesame Bainyapi- Sesha
Best Gospel Acapella Group
Ghetto Gospel Masters- Golokile

Best Single

1. Brother Noah- Ke Pholositswe
2. Salty- O maatla
3. Salty- I believe
4. Kay Bee- Ruhakitho

Best Gospel Artist- Female

1. Motlalepula
2. Sesha- Sesame
3. Miss Gee  

Best Gospel Video

I am blessed- Tebogo Radiboko
O Modimo- Ounah
Rohakitho- Kay Bee
Falling back- Ounah
Best Gospel Legendary
Issac Malei
The Saints Gospel Band
Otogetswe Mosekwa
Kennedy Balemoge
Best Gospel Community Outreach
Fresh oil Ministries
Worship House Miracle Centre
Best Gospel Radio Show
Alfred Ntshwene- Gospel Melodies
Michael Gaotloge- O rudisa mowa wame

In an interview with one of the organisers, Letsweletse “Shabisto”  Moshabi said they are tilling the seed of the gospel industry as they want to improve the gospel artists in Botswana, He further said this  is the second edition of the annual awards. “This year there were so many submissions as compared to last year. He said they are still in touch with sponsors such as Botswana Insurance Financial Management and Baisago University, which sponsored the artists and the venue. Other sponsors will be announced soon.

He said it seems gospel artists are more deprived than artists of other genres as the market has been identified but it is difficult to attain it. ‘As gospel Artists we are limited to being pigeon-holed on only singing in church then selling the CD in return, or being given a T- Shirt or singing at a wedding and reward being given food in return.’ He further said, they wonder why it seems only gospel music artists are the ones struggling or limited to entertainment shows like other genres and why are they not able to come with ideas that can improve the genre in order to sustain themselves.

Moshabi said It is painful to hear that one of the gospel artists has died and little contributions are made to honour the Artist as they are besieged but they are people who sing and live for God and that is why they end up indulging in wrong things as they now know they are deprived as artists in the Gospel music genre. In conclusion he said they are promising better set up, more visuals though LCD screens and more lights, which will be of top notch. “ As AGA awards, we recognise you don’t give up whatever  you need, continue trusting in God for where there is no God there is no life, said Moshabi.



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