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Phoofolo's star getting brighter

By unknown | Aug 12, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Patience Bambalele

Gospel star and presenter Keke Phoofolo's star continues to shine and is getting brighter all the time.

Phoofolo, who was nominated three times for the South African Music Awards (Sama) but has never won, will have a chance to make up for that at the One Gospel Awards on November 31 at a venue still to be announced.

Phoofolo has received nine nominations for the One Gospel Awards.

He has been nominated for the best praise and worship artist, gospel producer of the year, live gospel performance of the year, gospel album of the year, gospel DVD of the year, gospel song of the year and gospel artist of the year.

There is more. Phoofolo was also nominated in the best praise and worship song category.

Other artists who received more than one nomination include contemporary music singer Benjamin Dube, who has been nominated in four categories.

One Gospel is a gospel channel on DStv that was initiated last November. Abe Sibiya, the channel's executive, says: "From mid-August One Gospel viewers will be able to cast their vote via a specially created One Gospel Awards mobi-site or they can visit the website. Voting will go on until the end of October and viewers will be kept updated on vote totals during the show."

Sibiya says: " The procedure is simple. We took all the African gospel singers whose music was featured on the One Gospel Channel. They automatically qualified for nomination just by featuring on the show. The list of nominees was compiled on the basis of viewers' requests and their appearance on the One Gospel play list."

In the category best traditional gospel artist, Benjamin Dube is up against gospel divas Deborah Fraser and Hlengiwe Mhlaba.

There is heavy competition in the best traditional gospel song category, with Winnie Mashaba, Sechaba and Ncandweni Ambassadors competing for the award.

Phoofolo will be contesting the gospel producer of the year category with his mentors, Sizwe Zako and Sipho Makhabane.

Other categories are gospel composer of the year, gospel choir of the year, gospel music video of the year and a whole lot more.


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