Star couple nominated for Crown Gospel Awards

2011-10-22 00:00

THIS year has been a great one for gospel power couple Nqubeko and Ntokozo Mbatha. They became parents for the first time, Nqubeko released his long-awaited debut album Forever I Will Worship and now they have been nominated for SABC Crown Gospel Awards.

The singers are well known members of the popular gospel outfit Joyous Celebration, but these nominations validate their successful solo careers. Nqubeko’s album is nominated in the worship and best contemporary categories, and for best producer, while Ntokozo’s song In The Shadow released under Joyous Celebration II is nominated in the classic category.

Said Nqubeko, “I will be glad to walk away with an award or two because it will show that I am growing as a brand and that people really appreciate my music.”

Ntokozo is still in awe of being nominated in the same category as Kholeka, Dumi Kokstad and Pastor Ncanda.

“My record company just took a chance entering me in the awards and I was very surprised to get nominated. Sharing a category with legends in the industry is a great honour.

“I am very happy for my husband as well because he really deserves it,” said Ntokozo.

The fourth SABC Crown Awards ceremony will take place at Durban’s International Convention Centre on November 4.

• thandiwe.jumo@witness.co.za

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