Award-winning Ghanaian contemporary gospel music artiste, Cwesi Oteng and his BBnZ Live team should be all smiles now as he leads the whole of Africa in terms of nominations in the recently released 2013 Africa Gospel Music Awards (AGMA) nominations list.
Cwesi bagged the highest nominations of five in the following high profile categories: Overall Artiste of the Year (Male), Song of the Year, Album of the Year, West African Artiste of the Year and Event of the Year.
The sensational gospel artiste is also billed as a headline performing artiste for the award ceremony which is slated for Saturday 6th July, 2013 at the plush Great Hall of Queen Mary’s University of London, in East End of London.
The 2013 VGMA Gospel Album of the Year winner had an incredible year in 2012 which saw his major hit songs God Dey Bless Me and Kabiyesi making huge waves all over Africa by getting on to top gospel music radio and TV shows and charts in countries such as Kenya, Gambia, Nigeria, Malawi, Togo, South Africa among others and even on Christian radio outside Africa in the UK, US and Europe. It therefore came as no surprise that Cwesi leads the nominations list for Africa’s most prestigious gospel honorary event.
Cwesi comments: ‘I am humbled by recognition my team and I are getting for the music and message are putting out. Our aim has always been to reach out to all people no matter their background, geographic location, culture and belief and therefore though we are uncompromising on the message of the gospel we try to be very diverse in terms of our approach to music composition and delivery in order to have greater reach.
So it is always fulfilling to get feedback about our reach to people, in this case Africa. I congratulate all nominees especially the nominated Ghanaian artistes and wish everyone the best. I encourage all fans to go to www.africagospelawards.com and vote.’ Following Cwesi closely is South Africa’s female gospel music icon
Ntokozo Mbambo who bagged four categories nominations and Ghanaian gospel rap group, Preachers, who earned three nominations. Some celebrated African gospel artistes who also made the nomination list include Sammie Okposo, Sonnie Badu, Daddy Owen, Frank Edwards, Jimmy Gait, among others. Other Ghanaian gospel artistes, producers and programmes nominated are Michael Oware (O.J.), Ps. Helen Yawson, Kofi Sarpong, Herty Borngreat, Royal Priesthood, Koda, Nacy, Footprint TV and Sunny FM’s Sunset Drive.
Having released the nomination list, organisers have also announced that voting has begun and will end on midnight of 30th June. All fans have to do is to log on to www.africagospelawards.com to cast their votes.
The Africa Gospel Music Awards (AGMA) is the most prestigious annual celebration and recognition of Africa Gospel music: artistes, personalities, organisations and programmes from all over the globe. The event celebrates its fourth anniversary this year and will give out 20 awards and 4 special ones to deserving nominees, whose works qualified for nominations in the year (April 2012 – April 2013) under review,
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