The Northern Cape Gospel Music Awards (NCGMA) took place on the 15th of February in the Northern Cape Theatre, Kimberley, hosting the nominees and supporters in their ‘Royalty with a Touch of Elegance’ themed attire. The NCGMA, already held in other provinces in the country, was a first for the Northern Cape, showcasing the talent and excellence of this vast province.
Hosted by Mmabatho Matyalana and Martin Kgosamang, who beautifully intertwined the three most prominent languages in the Northern Cape, Afrikaans, English and Setswana, to ensure all-round laughter. Kgosamang related a story to the audience to show the character of the Northern Cape, of a woman from Kathu who asked for Vick’s cake, meaning chocolate mint cake.
The stage was inaugurated by the Amandla Dance Teatro to “Summon the Gods and the ancestors of this land”. It was further blessed by Reverend Dez Fransman, who related 2 Chron. 20:21, “After consulting the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the LORD and praising him for his holy splendour”, emphasising the importance of singers and the importance of their recognition.
“We are the city of firsts,” bragged Honourable Mayor Patrick Mabilo in his opening speech, “I’m deeply delighted and excited that an auspicious event of this nature will be taking place in this city. It’s inaugural. It’s the first of its kind for this city so it symbolizes vision, confidence and trust in this city. It could have been held anywhere else because this province is vast. For this city to be chosen, I’m deeply honoured and appreciative of this gesture of goodwill and confidence. What it will mean for us is that it is responding to our commitment to enhance the performing arts, which is a sector that has been neglected, so those who are contributing towards the enjoyment and relaxation and the aesthetics of the city are being recognized. I support this initiative. It is thinking out of the box and it is taking a step forward and I embrace that. They have my blessing, they have my support”. The Mayor assured attendants that Sol Plaatje will join hands with mining companies in the Northern Cape and sponsor the 2020 NCGMA.
Prominent voices such as Jackson Cassidy, originally from Galeshewe, graced the stage after three decades in France, with his hit “Summer Love”.
Bragging 17 different award categories, NCGMA received a total of 85 nominations for the categories in total. The winners of the night are as follows:
• For the category Best Traditional Gospel, Unamandla- Bathankana Ba Kgotso walked away with the crown.
• Best Gospel Event: Spiritual Sweet Inspiration and Barorisi Music Festival Spiritual Sweet Inspiration Gospel Choir
• Best Gospel Event Promoter: Notha Production
• Best Radio Program/Show: Kurara FM, Maatla A Tumelo
• Best Gospel Album: Mr Mahase, Ke bone Mohau
• Best Gospel Conductor: Lesego Kgoadi, Tholoana Ea Bophelo Gospel Choir
• Best Praise Song: Puleng March, Kelalwa Ke Moya
• Best Song Writer: Puleng March
• Best Gospel DVD: Spiritual Sweet Inspiration Gospel Choir
• Best Female Leading Singer: Puleng March, Joyous Celebration
• Best Clap and Tap: Spiritual Sweet Inspiration Gospel Choir, Hamba Nini
• Best Gospel Male Artist: Mr Mahase
• Best Gospel Rising Star: Neo Leisa
• Best Gospel Group: Sechaba and the Holy Pure Sounds, Thola O Mamele
• Best Gospel Live Performance: Mkhululi Jacobs
• Best Gospel Song: Puleng March, Ke Laolwa Kemoya
• Best Gospel Artist: Mr Mahase
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