MULTI-AWARD winning gospel sensation Togarepi Chivaviro has been nominated in two categories of South Africa’s third edition of the prestigious Independent National Gospel Music Awards (Ingoma) scheduled for August 27 at the Midrand Theatre, South Africa.
BY JAIROS SAUNYAMA
Chivaviro’s hit song Ebenezer — which features several local top gospel acts — has also seen him nominated in The Best African Gospel Artists category against Busi Mahlaba’s Peace in Africa, Ambassador J Luemba’s No More Violence and Mpho Thosago’s Hae Lehodimong.
The song has also been nominated for the Best Active Social Network Artist award against musicians such as Sbu Banda, Mr. Majo, Pastor Lungi Ndala, Wandile Ntombela, Teboho Matla, Lazarus Botsi and Gundo Gee.
The winner will be decided by the SMS voting system.
Chivaviro told NewsDay from his South African base that he was delighted by the inroads that his music has made into the South African market.
“It looks like God still has more for us. The grace of God continues to locate us with more doors opening for us outside our borders. Now it is certain that the song Ebenezer is the key God gave us to open these new doors,” he said.
“Ingoma recognition itself means South Africans believe in us as well. We are hoping that Zimbabwe will vote for us and that we get at least one of these two awards. There is a lot of networking taking place around these events and through these processes we get to improve our music as well.”
The lanky musician last month scooped the Best Collaboration award during the inaugural Trumpet Africa Gospel Music Awards awards ceremony meant to honour artistes from the African continent.
The Ingoma awards were founded by South African gospel musician and businessman, Dan Raselumain, in 2013 to promote and celebrate emerging talent.