M-Siya’s hold on hope pays off

2015-10-22 06:00
Siyabulela Maawu, better known as M-Siya, is asking for your votes.

Siyabulela Maawu, better known as M-Siya, is asking for your votes.

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Perseverance has paid off for the aspiring gospel artist who sold his previous eight albums in taxi ranks, churches and on the streets.

Life has taken a surprising turn for Siyabulela Maawu, better known as M-Siya, after he started working with Otrulega Music Group (OMG), since early in the year.

The working relationship saw the release of his first album with the group, but a ninth title under his name, which is causing a storm in the gospel music arena.

The ten track album is titled Amanxeba and has put him in a better position for walking away with two awards in the 8th SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards which will be held at Durban ICC, on 15 November.

The song Amanxeba resulted in him being nominated for Best Traditional Album and for Song of the Year.

He is nominated alongside with Dumi Mkokstad, Thobekile and Andile ka Majola in the category for Best Song of the Year.

Regardless of the big names he is competing against, M-Siya believes he will walk away with the award.

“It is a scary category, but they do not scare me. I am the only obvious choice,” he said.

Other artists from his stable who are nominated for the awards include Dumi Mkokstad, for Song of the Year, Buhle Nhlangulela, for Best Female and Best Gospel Pop Album.

The previous eight albums never made it to the shelves in music stores.

Two of the songs that attracted attention to gospel music lovers include a humorous song titled Ngikhathele ukushawa yilomfazi and Ikhotha eyikhothayo.

He said financial constrains were some of the reasons his albums could not see the light of success.

“I was pushed by the passion and I always believed that one day things will fall into place. I did not want to be hindered by the fact that I do not have money. I am happy that I was approached by OMG to help me release the album. The relationship is really working best for me,” M-Siya said.

M-Siya is now heading to the United Kingdom and Scotland, to launch the album from 18 December and will land back in the country in January.

He will be accompanied by other artists from his stable such as Dumi Mkokstad, whom he worked with in the album, Buselaphi, Mzoxolo, Nqobile Ngidi, Thembinkosi and other artists.

M-Siya is a junior pastor at Hope Christian Church in Katlehong in Gauteng, a presenter for a programme known as According to the Bible, which is aired on Soweto TV and also the presenter of Wednesday Live on Radio Pulpit.

M-Siya is appealing to anyone to vote for him for the Best Song of the Year category, which is the only category open for votes, by SMSing Amanxeba to 34069

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