Gospel stars in row over delayed awards
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Johannesburg - Gospel artists who were awarded at last year's, SABC Crown Gospel Awards are reportedly complaining that they are yet to receive their real awards.
Thobekile Mkhwanazi, who won the Best Female Gospel Artist told Move! that she has been contacting her record label, Amanxusa, to enquire about the delivery of her award. "But my record label keeps telling me my award has not been delivered yet," she said.
While, Cythnia Mathenjwa from the same record label confirmed to the magazine that another artist, Veliswa Skeyi, is also frustrated by the delay of her Best Traditional Gospel Album award.
Furthermore, Cythnia claims that numerous efforts to get a hold of Zanele Mbokazi, founder and executive producer of the Crown Gospel Awards, have proved to be unsuccessful. "Zanele is difficult to pin down. We're only able to speak to people from her office who keep telling us not to worry because the artists will get their awards soon," she said.
A source close to the awards also revealed to the mag that government departments and sponsors paid the awards founder.
"I don't understand why there is this delay. Zanele musn't do this to the poor artists. The artists were promised that they would get the awards soon after the awards ceremony," the insider claimed.