Crown Gospel announces Gauteng as home for 2023 Awards.

For the first time since the inaugural crown gospel music Awards in 2008, this year’s awards show will not take place in Durban – but instead in Gauteng.

Since its inception, the awards have grown to become one of the most highly anticipated events on the South African music calendar.

The Gauteng MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation Morakane Mosupyoe officially received a symbolic ‘CROWN’ sealing the deal to stage the Crown Gospel Music Awards on the 26th November, 2023 at Orlando stadium in Soweto.

The move to Gauteng marks the end of a long history of the ceremony in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. The Crowns have been a flagship event for KZN, hosted at the Durban ICC for the past 15 years. 

Gospel music artists from all provinces including Dr. Rebecca Malope, Omega, Sipho Makhabane, Solly Mahlangu, Dumi Mkokstad, Canaan Nyathi, Nqubeko Mbatha, Takie Ndou, Teboho Moloi, Xolisa Kwinana, Betusile Mcinga and others took to the stage to celebrate the move as a collective.

Speaking on behalf of Premier Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Morakane Mosupyoe had this to say: “This is an exciting time for the provincial government to have the Crown Gospel Music Awards finally come to Gauteng, the hub of South Africa’s Creative Industries. This is the perfect home for the awards, which have given breakthroughs to many creative. We want to see both the awards and the Gospel music genre grow from strength to strength, and we would like to keep these awards for at least 7 years, that is if the World Gospel Power House agrees”, added Mosupyoe

The founder and executive producer of the Crowns, Ms Zanele Mbokazi-Nkambule thanked the KZN government and eThekwini municipality for supporting the Crowns in the past 15 years. “We are grateful to both the KZN provincial government and Durban Tourism for supporting us for 15 years. The Crowns are a national project, and as such, we are excited to be moving to Gauteng”. Her speech also touched on other projects that the World Gospel Power House is busy with “Last year we took Gospel into theatre, with a powerful theatrical production called MARIA. This year, we are ready to realize yet another powerful vision, taking Gospel into the small screen with drama series and films. We have seen a lot of TV dramas and movies with witchcraft, explicit sex scenes and corruption – what are we doing as the body of Christ? As Power House we are ready to produce TV drama and movies that will shape the moral fiber of our society”.

A music guru and businessman, Mr. Lindelani Mkhize, co-founder of Joyous Celebration echoed Zanele’s sentiments “We salute the World Gospel Power House for enhancing the Gospel genre and improving the commercialization of the Gospel brand.

 Furthermore, Gospel artists are now taking their craft very seriously, and are committed to showcasing their God-given talents.”

The music launch was all glitz and glam, giving the Gauteng community a taste of what was to come in November.

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