King William’s Town gospel artist Samkelo Ngqamza recently won the award for best gospel album at the Gabriel Global Gospel Awards, which was held at the Feather Market Centre, in Port Elizabeth.
For Ngqamza, the win is a testament of his hard work and dedication. His album, Hlala Nathi Nkosi (Stay with us, Lord), that was released in December 2018, can be described as was a labour of love. and came out in December 2018.
The album, produced in Durban by Mbongeni Khawula, featuresd a variety of various artists.
“I never thought I’d be at this level. , and I was quite happy to be a backing vocalist, but I received a lot of support to branch go out on my own.
“I was scared in the beginning but quickly grew confidence as I performed on my own,” Ngqamza said.
He received the second-highest amount of votes in the awards and walked away with R3,000.
Ngqamza’s road to producing his first album, Ukhona uThixo (God is There), in December 2016, wasn’t all smooth sailing.
“Production wise, I couldn’t pass it on to big radio stations and aimed it at the community radio stations. I also lost my job that year,” he said.
He started following the gospel genre in 2004, beginning as a backing vocalist for groups, such as Might Voices of Faith and the Ngceke Gospel Project.
“God is for everyone, especially the youth and we should get closer to Him. I am what I an through my community’s support,” he said.
For more information and bookings, contact Ngqamza via e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org.
WINNING MUISC: Samkelo Ngqamza at the Gabriel Gospel Awards, winning the best gospel album category. Picture: SUPPLIED