After his smash hit Baba Ziveze was crowned the Best Gospel Song at the South African Broadcasting Corporation Crown Gospel Awards (SABCCGA), Canaan Nyathi has once more been nominated on yet another of South Africa’s big awards.
The Johannesburg-based businessman-cum-singer is nominated twice at the Mpumalanga Gospel Music Awards which are set to take place on 13 December in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, for Best National Male Artiste and for Best National Gospel Artiste.
For Best Gospel Artiste he is nominated with Bheki M, Mxolisi Mbali and Tumelo Shaq, for Best National Gospel Artiste he is nominated with Mxolisi Mbali, Minister Lombard, Tebogo Mokhuyane and Jaycee Radebe.
From his base in Bassonia, Johannesburg, Nyathi said God had blessed him abundantly in 2020 and he was grateful for the recognition.
“When I penned Baba Ziveze, I was inviting God to show himself in my life and this year I have felt his presence in my life. I never saw the song being crowned the Best Gospel Song at the Crown Gospel Awards, but God showed up again and I came up tops.
“As I am also nominated again for the Mpumalanga Gospel Music Awards, I am grateful for the recognition because it’s proof that hard work pays and that if you put everything in God’s hands you will succeed,” said Nyathi.
The awards that will also be streamed live on the awards’ Facebook page and on YouTube, will see Nyathi sharing the stage with gospel legends Sipho Makhabane, Donny Ngwenyama, Derick Nzimande, Madoda Dee, Ndumiso Makubuje and Phindile Makhabane, among others.
Meanwhile, South African socialite and drama queen Kelly Khumalo went on social media guns blazing on the Crown Gospel Awards organisers as she felt that Baba Ziveze was not big enough to be crowned the song of the year.
His song was nominated alongside Esphambanweni (Kelly Khumalo featuring Hlengiwe Mhlaba), Uzuyigcin’ Impilo Yami (Busi Radebe), Uyasondla (Xolisa Kwinana) and Imvuselelo (Tshwane Gospel Choir).
On the video which made rounds on the streets of Twitter and other social media platforms, Kelly said she felt cheated as her song (Esphambanweni) was trending.
However, on Kelly’s views, Nyathi said:
“I am not moved by her sentiments, people voted and that’s clear justice to the competition. People will always talk when you are doing good. I was waiting for such reviews after winning the award.”