Local wins the ‘Best Indian Album’ award

2017-10-26 06:01
PHOTO: precious gumedeSatma award winner for ‘Best Indian Music’, Vernon Govender.

PHOTO: precious gumedeSatma award winner for ‘Best Indian Music’, Vernon Govender.

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PORT Shepstone’s Vernon
Govender won the Satma “Best Indian Album” at the 12th Satma Awards at Mmabatho Convention Centre, North-West Province recently

Govender knew that one day, he would hold that award.

“I am a go-getter. I am a musician and a recording artist. I don’t wait for things to happen, neither do I watch while things happen and I have always known that I would some day be recognised for what I do.”

Govender said he started music when he was young.

“My love for music started at age 11, when I attended temples, cultural events and listened to the late Andrew Mark and the late Punjie Naidoo’s music.

“I also take part in the Telegu and Tamil eisteddfods in the language, music and singing sections hosted by the Natal Tamil Vedic Society and the Andra Maha Sabha of South Africa also adds to my spiritual and cultural path thus receiving this prestigious award.

“I have had formal training from classical singer Magantharen Balakiste, who has studied music in India.”

Govenders said the first devotional CD he listened to and liked was Mahenthri Pillay and has since learnt a lot from her.

“I feel a lot of vibration and Bhakthi from her soul-stirring music.

“Mahenthri’s music has given me the inspiration to follow in her footsteps and I was privileged to have recorded my third CD with her and other high-profile musicians.

“Mahenthri was the winner of the 2016 Satma award in the ‘Best Indian Album’ category and I was excited to receive it this year,”

He said his talent was discovered when he sang at Umbango Temple every week.

“I can graciously say I was blessed and guided all the way by Mother Saraswathie.‘Be humble and sincere in all that you do’,
Uncle Valla Kisten, who always advised and assisted me whenever I needed.

“My first album is called Dheiveega Padalgal and ever since my music has been better. I am overjoyed and excited about this award and am working on my fourth album, which will be in Hindi.

“My big thank you to my music producer, Tansen Nepaul, for producing the award-winning album Bhakthi Sungeedam, and my fans for their support.”

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