New gospel artists took centre stage on Saturday night as they walked away with the biggest awards at the annual Independent National Gospel Music Awards (Ingomas), which were held at the Red Conference Centre in Greenstone, Johannesburg.
Pela Hao hitmaker David TheKing walked away with the prestigious best male artist and artist of the year gongs, while Puleng March bagged the best female artist award.
David TheKing, whose given name is David Sejake, thanked his family, team and supporters for their unwavering support in his musical journey.
“Let me take this time to thank God first, for He’s forever faithful. The time is of no man but God, and I believe this is a perfect and appointed time for the brand David TheKing to be standing here receiving these awards,” he said.
Pela Hao became a national church anthem following its release in December and currently has 1.1 million views on YouTube.
Seasoned Joyous Celebration member Ncebakazi Msomi won song of the year for her popular tune Ukufezwa kwamadinga.
“I am so deeply honoured and thankful, firstly to God for trusting me with his heart for this generation, and secondly to all who received that message from the throne room. This award is testament that the message of the ministry entrusted to me has reached the hearts of many at just the right time. Thank you Ingoma Foundation for allowing us to celebrate the work that goes into putting out a work of this nature,” said Msomi.
Veteran gospel artist Rebecca Malope was honoured with the chairperson’s award for her contribution in the industry over the decades.
“I’ve received many awards over the years and I still feel extremely grateful when I get another recognition for the number of years I have put into this ministry. Thank you to the Ingoma Foundation and to my fans for still standing beside me and supporting me for all these years. Most importantly, thank you to God Almighty for keeping me and blessing me with longevity,” Malope said.
The sold-out event, which was hosted by multitalented personality Tshepo Maseko and gospel star Mmatema, was celebrating its ninth edition.
The founder and CEO of the Ingoma Foundation, Dan Raseluma, was honoured with a doctorate by New Hope School of Theology for his contribution to the gospel industry.
“To God be the glory always. Words cannot begin to describe how grateful and humbled I am by this honour. When I started doing work in the industry over 20 years ago, it wasn’t for attention or to be paid back, but it was to wholeheartedly serve people of God with integrity and make a notable difference.
“May this be an encouragement to all those who have dedicated their time and energy to serve others and contribute positively to our society, to continue with the good work. God truly sees,” said Raseluma.
Best CD sleeve: Paul K
Best gospel promoter: Innocent Shezi
Best songwriter/composer: Pastor Lavy
Best sound engineer: Musa Mgwenya
Best backing vocalist: Audrey Moloi
Best gospel producer: Emmanuel Currently, Xoli Thabethe (Rising Sun)
Best gospel poet: Princess Lutendo
Best gospel radio presenter: Mlungisi Mnyandu – Siyathuthuka FM
Best newcomer: Tumelo Nkata
Best street promotional artist: Khulekani
Best gospel maskandi: Sbuh Mkhwanazi ft Bonakele
Best gospel rap/hip-hop song: Zinzi Kahnish
Best gospel single: Yolokazi, Nkagiseng Antiti
Best gospel House song: Thami Jay ft Nkagiseng Antiti
Best music video: King D Music
Best African gospel artist: Jean Mar T (DRC), Chris Ikenna (Nigeria)
Best a capella album: Die Bruin Gospel Project
Best Amazion album: Healing Mercy Choristers
Best traditional gospel album: Khutso M
Best contemporary gospel album: Mofunk Gospel
Best worship album: OV Prince
Best praise album: Sbu Zindela
Best gospel collaboration: Rising Sun ft Ayanda Ntanzi
Best gospel group/duo: Cerenity
Best live recorded CD: Tumisang Seleke – Tulo Ena
Best live recorded DVD: Rising Sun – The Rising Glory
Best female artist: Puleng March
Best male artist: David TheKing
Album of the year: Rising Sun – The Rising Glory
Artist of the year: David TheKing
Song of the year: Ncebekazi Msomi – Ukufezwa kwamadinga
Most creative music video: Zinzi Kahnish
Humanitarian award: First lady of Zululand N Buthelezi, Professor Conny Ngubane
Trailblazer award: Smanga Singwane
Five-Fold ministry award: Apostle S Maluleke
Gospel industry contributor award: Neo Modihapudi
Chairperson’s award: Rebecca Malope