SABC Crown Gospel Awards

The LIMA awards are not the only gospel awards to have happened recently. Every year the SABC holds the wonderful Crown Gospel. The event that ended just a few days announced their big winners. The award ceremony took place in Durban, South Africa at the ICC on November 25, 2018.

With over 600 entries of mega gospel stars, judges had a tough time making their selections, yet after much consideration, the winners were chosen!
The ‘Best Collaboration’ category, also received a wave of entries this year, more than it has in the previous years. A large number of entries is tied to the growing local gospel scene which every year nurtures an array of blossoming young artists. The Crown Gospel awards also aim to celebrate the art of lyrics with its award for Best Song Writer.

“There’s a new generation of writers who may not be in the limelight or celebrated but create a grand platform for the singers.” Previous winners in this category included Thina Zungu’s Kwanqaba Umusa and Andile Ka Majola’s Nanoma Niyangibona! Below is a list of the big winners:

 

Best Female Gospel Artist
Swazi Ndlamini – ‘You Are Great’
Mabongi Mabaso – ‘Tintswalo’
Pretty Mhlongo – ‘Gam’elihle’
Verona – ‘Victorious’
Thabelo Metshiunda – ‘U kha Divha u Muzimu Medley ’

Best Male Gospel Artist
Sipho Ngwenya – Intimate Season 3
Tebogo Moloi – Omha Tsohle
Lungi Ndala – Kea Leboha Jesu
Khaya Mthethwa – Umkhulu Umsebenzi

Best of Africa Gospel
Takesure Zama (Zimbabwe) –‘ Ngidinga Wena’
Tshepo Lesole (Botswana) – ‘Use Me’
Godwin Omighale (Nigeria) – ‘Winner Man’
Ayo Solanke (Nigeria) – ‘God of Wonders’

Best Gospel Music Video
Abathandwa Ehhe – ‘Moya Wami’
Fikile Mlomo – ‘Phendula Jehova’
Obrey M – ‘Impumelelo’
Dube Brothers – ‘Blessed’

Best Church Choir
Blessed Jerusalema – ‘Ngijulise’
The Spirit Healer – ‘Ngena Ulindelwe’
Abahlabeleli Uzowapholisa – ‘Amanxeba’

Best Gospel Rock
Buhle Thela – ‘Halleluiah’
DCC – ‘Worship Forward’
Palesa Ngwenya – ‘Awesome God’
Natalie Rungan – ‘Grace is Shouting out’

Best Gospel Jazz Song
Bheka Mthethwa – ‘All By Grace’
Sicelo Moya – ‘Ewe Jesu’
Nzala Mokoena – ‘Konke Ksebenzela Ukulunga’

Best Gospel Maskandi
Amageza Amahle – ‘Ngithandaze’
Indlalifa Kushintsh’ – ‘Isimo’
Mduduzi Nyawose – ‘Ungunguye’
Mude Mude – ‘Wakhulula umoya Wami’

Best Gospel Producer Album
Nqubeko Mbatha for Tshwane Gospel Choir – The Next Revival
Ayanda Ntanzi – Nasempini
Sam Ngonyama – Intimate Worship Season 3
Neyi Zimu – Another Level of Worship

Best Tap and Clap
Sifofane Gospel Choir – ‘Tlohelang ho Bolaya Bomme le Bana’
Thohoyandou God is Love Choir – ‘Mbilu Nyanga’
The Book of Lekgowa – ‘Tsietsi’
Dipaki tsa Morena – ‘Ma Africa’

Best Praise Song
Ayanda Ntanzi – ‘Nasempini’
Tshwane Gospel – ‘Choir Praise Him Alone’
Mlungisi Buthelezi – ‘Ngcwele Ngcwele’
Lungi Ndala – ‘This God That We Serve

Crown Gospel Winner Lebohang Kgapola, Music in Africa
Crown Gospel Winner Lebohang Kgapola, Music in Africa

Best Traditional Gospel
Teboho Moloi – ‘It Is Well’
Babo Ngcobo – ‘Thixo Mkhululi’
The Living Rock – ‘Bombo ra va Kreste’
Bulelani Koyo – ‘Zonke Izono/lizalis’idinga Lakho’

Best Gospel Contemporary Song
Phindi Phewa – ‘Raising Jesus Flag’
Tshwane Gospel Choir – ‘Sweeter’
Neyi Zimu – ‘Victorious’
Gugulethu Nkutha – ‘Risen King’

Best Gospel Group
Tshwane Gospel Group – The Next Revival
Anointed Worship – Live at Breytenbad Season 2
The Living Rock – Bombo ra va Kreste
Abathandwa – Amagatsha

Best Songwriter
Sbu Banda – ‘Kuyokusiza Ngani’
Babo Ngcobo – ‘Thixo Mkhululi’
Mxolisi Mbethe – ‘Sikufanele’
Thula ga Ndlela – ‘Dabula amaZulu Wehle’

Best Gospel Worship Song
Phuluso Thenga – ‘You Are In This Place’
Zonke Makhoba – ‘Before your Throne’
Sicelo Moya – ‘My Everything’
Lebohang Kgapola – ‘We Bless Your Name/We Serve a Great God’

Best Newcomer
Lebohang Kgapola – ‘Freedom Song’
Gugulethu Nkutha – ‘After Creation’
Phummy Shalvah – ‘Strong Redeemer’
Phuluso Thenga – ‘Glory/Uyavhusa’

Best Gospel Album
Sicelo Moya – Solid Rock
DCC – Worship Forward
Tshwane Gospel Choir – The Next Revival
Khaya Mthethwa – Mukhulu Umsebenzi

Best Gospel Song
Dumi Mkokstad – ‘Ulwandle’
Hlengiwe Mhlaba – ‘Sthandwa Sami’
Lungi Ndala – ‘Kea Leboha Jeso’
Khaya Mthethwa – ‘Mkhulu Umsebenzi’

Best Gospel Artist
Baboa Ngcobo – Thixo Mkhululi
Teboho Moloi – Ompha Tsohle
Sipho Ngwenya – Intimate Worship Season 3
Hlengiwe Mhlaba – Sthandwa Sami
Best Gospel Community Radio Show

The LIMA 2018 Playlist

If you missed the unforgettable LIMA awards of 2018, and need your access to the biggest stars on the scene then here you have it. We, at Good Gospel Playlist have compiled a list of the top 4 LIMA winners.

CSO- Worship Song and Song of the Year  

The song ‘Holy Spirit’ won Worship Song and Song of the year. CSO, also known as Sharon Oyakhilome is a minister of the Gospel, singer, songwriter, bandleader, as well as the leader of Christ Embassy London.  As the daughter of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, the artist grew up in the LoveWorld Nation. According to the artist, the song was written about the “most important person here on earth, the Holy Spirit.” The gospel starlet said that when she wrote the song she was “praying and fellowshipping with Him, He gave me the lyrics and the melody.” The beautiful music video was shot in breathtaking Switzerland.

UR Flames’ – Theme Song of The Year

Boyband UR Flames blew audiences away with their hit song and certainly did give everyone ‘something to shout about’. The song set the theme for the entire IPPC, making everyone get up and move, including the Loveworld president himself, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome.  The duo is no strangers to success. UR Flames have also won awards for the best music video and have performed around the world to their millions of fans.

Testimony Jaga – Song of the Year

The Afro-pop dance track Jehovah is both a local and international hit. The artist, who was recently dubbed the gospel ‘King of the Streets‘ is famous for making music for the street youth of Lagos as well as at the world at large. Testimony was last year’s newcomer and has since received worldwide fame with his dance hits. The gospel star recently said in an interview in the Nigerian Tribune, how grateful he is for the platform he has received from his church leader, Pastor Chris.

Sinach- Best Female Vocalist 

Loveworld crooner and crowd favorite, Sinach won best female singer once again. The vocalist has been dubbed the queen of gospel, filling stadiums all over the world.  Sinach started in small prayer groups in her church choir and eventually went on to be on the biggest gospel singers alive today. Her song ‘I know who I am’ beautifully celebrates identity and belief in God.

There were certainly many more hit songs that evening that celebrated LMAM’s year of music. Just some of them include the first ever quintuple tie in Best Male Vocalist Category; Isaiah Samson, Martin PK, Eben, Obi Shine and Chris Shalom celebrated for exceptional vocals, Lewis, Singer of Hit Track and Best New Act winner, with the song Bulletproof and the UK Mass Choir who won Host Choir of the Year for UK Leaders’ & Partners’. For more songs from the LIMA playlist, click here

Testimony, The New Uprising Star of Christ Embassy

Testimony is making major waves in the LMAM music scene. This gospel prince has a LIMA best song of the year and has been leading troubled youths from the streets into a righteous path.

Testimony, originally born as Saliu Aliyu Olaiwola had a blossoming career before he found the church. Long before the gospel crossover, the artist was a rising secular star creating music and collaborating with some of the industry’s hottest artists. It took some time for the musician to make it into the world of gospel, but when Testimony stumbled into church music, it changed his life forever.

Testimony from his new music video 'Jehovah'
Testimony from his new music video ‘Jehovah’

Testimony fell into the church from an unfortunate incident. In 2011 the artist was wrongly accused of stealing a car. With no support and no evidence to back him up, the police arrested the rising star and sent him to prison for 4 months. It was in there, that Testimony prayed with all his might to God to see him through. Fortunately for him, his prayers were heard, and the musician was released. It was on that day that Testimony found himself in Christ Embassy, the church of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome.

Pastor Chris welcomed the young artist and saw his potential. He believed in him, nurtured him and gave him a platform on which he could create music and reach millions of people. This gave Testimony a new sense of hope and belief, not only in God but also in himself. With all of this support, this led the artist to discover new ways to spread his message, thus the ‘Street Gospel Movement‘ was born.

Testimony performing at the 2018 LIMA awards
Testimony performing at the 2018 LIMA awards

The New Street Gospel Movement is a movement that uses music to spread the word of God to struggling street youths. This is a big part of Testimony’s work. He spends a lot of time finding kids to reach out to. He approaches these kids with his music and just simply talks to them, telling them, with a song, that there is a better path.

“If truly I am a gospel minister, where am I supposed to go back to share the good news? The streets. I am saying, “Hello, people, come and see what God has done for me. You too can join me”. That is my mindset and I promised God that if I can make it, I will go back from where I come from to tell everyone there. My songs are for the people in the streets.”

Testimony live streams about his new Gospel Street Movement
Testimony live streams about his new Gospel Street Movement

Countless Nigerian kids love Testimony’s music, as well as many around the world. They feel that he really speaks to them. This has gained him a massive amount of popularity, with people even dubbing him as the gospel version’ of the famous Nigerian musician, Olamide, ‘The King of the Streets’.
Christ Embassy has propelled these many gospel stars into global fame, with Pastor Chris Oyakhilome himself even stating at the recent LIMA awards, that “no music concert in the world makes sense without talents from here.”

Testimony is without a doubt one of these major talents. His song ‘Jehovah’ won him the LIMA song of the year in the Proto-stars category, yet the ‘boy from the streets’ insists that all of his success is because of one man, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome.

 

Lima Winners 2018 in Pictures

 Check out all the winners of the 2018 LIMA awards and enjoy these memorable moments.

The LIMA awards brought this year’s IPPC to a close, and according to Pastor Chris, was the most successful one to date. Pastor Chris expressed that Christ Embassy has reached new heights. The ‘man of God’, as he is known to his millions of devotees, spoke of this record breaking achievement.  Pastor Chris celebrated the many talented gospel musicians that graced the stage. The event, that was held at the Loveworld Convocation Arena, in Lagos Nigeria, performed their amazing hits and were praised for the beautiful melodies and dedication to the word of God.

Here is the full list of winners.

Jeannine Zoe Wojacek and Frank Edwards: Music Collaboration of the Year;

Kelly Lyon for Producer of the Year

CSO for Worship Song of the Year

Pastor Ester Miracle for Spoken Word Artiste

Supernatural for Music Video of the Year

Rita for Songwriter of the Year

T-Sharp for Theme song of the Year

Eben for Artiste of the Year

CSO for Song of the Year, and in the same category- Testimony for the song Jehova.

Kids Can Dance for Best Dance Act/Drama

Hip Hop Ladies (Holy Hands) for Most Outstanding Group

UK Band for Band of the Year

UK Mass Choir for Host Choir of the Year

Isaiah Samson, Martin PK, Eben, Obi Shine & Chris Shalom for Best Male Vocalists

Lewis for Best New Act of the Year.

There were many crowd favorites and also newcomers. This year was larger and more majestic than previous years. Christ Embassy has achieved the unthinkable. In the year 2018, the year as Pastor Chris has called it, the year of the Supernatural.

Take a look at the memorable moments

LIMA awards ceremony
LIMA awards ceremony
Sinach gets Best Female Vocalist of the year 2018
Sinach gets Best Female Vocalist of the year 2018
CSO winning the Song of the Year
CSO winning the Song of the Year
Hit Song of the Year 2018 : UR Flames "Something To Shout About".
Hit Song of the Year 2018 : UR Flames “Something To Shout About”.
Rita for Songwriter of the Year
Rita for Songwriter of the Year
Pastor Ester Miracle for Spoken Word Artiste
Pastor Ester Miracle for Spoken Word Artiste
Jeannine Zoe Wojacek and Frank Edwards
Jeannine Zoe Wojacek and Frank Edwards
The Best Dance Act or Drama Performance, (Kids Category)
The Best Dance Act or Drama Performance, (Kids Category)

 

Watch the full live event right here. 

 

 

Get ready for LIMA 2018!

The 2018 International Pastors’ and Partners’ Conference proudly presents the  LoveWorld International Music & Arts awards (LIMA). The event is happening this evening!

Preparations are well underway, and have been since last night. The spectacular award ceremony will take place at the Loveworld Convocation Arena, in Lagos Nigeria tonight! Last year was a spectacle of glorious performances, completely inspired by the word of God. Its time to get ready for another unforgettable show. The LIMA awards are a Christ centered musical extravaganza which features the world’s top Christ Embassy gospel musicians. The event was designed to showcase these creative talents, recognize and celebrate these talented musicians that inspire millions with the word of God.

Last year’s LIMA awards were simply breathtaking with memorable performances by artists who blew audiences away. The four winners last year were Martin PK for song of the year, Ada for artist of the year, Sinach for songwriter of the year and Testimony for best new artist. These four artists dazzled the thousands before them on stage, making it one of the most unforgettable nights of the International Pastors’ and Partners Conference of 2018.

This year is expected to be even larger and more majestic than the previous year. Christ Embassy has achieved the unthinkable.  In the year 2018, the year as Pastor Chris has called it, the year of the Supernatural. There are hopefuls tonight. LMAM gospel scene has been blowing up. Millions are looking forward to hearing their old favourites and of course the many newcomers. A lot of buzz has been happening around UR Flame’s November hit, “Something to shout about“. I guess we will have to wait and see, in any case, millions of fan will certainly have much to shout about this coming evening.

Along with all the talented artists was Rev. Chris will be cheering them on and affirming the importance of Gospel music in our world today. His mere presence is inspirational and pivotal moment in all lives. These types of events affirm the importance of the Christ Embassy and the Healing School. It’s hard these days to find places that support young and experienced singers that take upon themselves to spread the Gospel of Jesus. But at LIMA preaching for Christ is the norm making the whole experience a spiritual lifting event in the lives of attendees.

Stay tuned for more updates about tonight. Check out the LIMA awards promo right here on Ceflix. 

Watch the LIMA awards live here.

 

LoveWorld Ministry Mega Stars

Since the birth of the Pastor Chris‘s incredible Christ Embassy church, many prominent church figures have emerged from the holy sanctuary. Some of them have gone on to be highly successful spiritual leaders, while some have been busy in other ventures, such as music. These mega musicians are a force the church gospel world, inspiring their millions of followers with their praise, they are also the major players of the LoveWorld Music Ministry. While there is a huge amount of talent out there, we have picked out our top 5!

Chris Shalom.
Chris Shalom from his My Beautifier
Chris Shalom from his My Beautifier

Chris Shalom, the man behind the songs, My Beautifier, You Are Worthy and ‘In the Name of Jesus’ was dubbed by Pastor Chris as ‘the man with a golden voice’. As a Christ Embassy leader, ‘Shalom’ has ministered to millions with his uplifting soulful jams. A man who evokes tranquility and love for the Lord, he certainly does live up to his as Shalom is peace in Hebrew

Buchi Atuonwu.
Buchi - Judah music video
Buchi – Judah music video

Before Buchi rose to stardom as a Nigeria’s top reggae artist, the young man in fact was an English literature lecturer in the university of Lagos. Academic by day, Buchi started getting into the music scene after hours in some of Lagos’s hottest nightclubs as a DJ. In early 1990’s Atuonwu made his way into Christ Embassy church, the transition into reggae gospel, propelled him to becoming a multi award winning artiste.

Ikiri Lawrence.
Ikiri Lawrence - Your Love music video
Ikiri Lawrence – Your Love music video

The South African based Nigerian gospel singer comes from a family of musicians which steered him in the direction of music. Lawrence ultimately found his way into the gospel by having an unfortunate accident, leaving him badly injured. Thankful for surviving, he strengthened his connection to God and began singing in the church choir. This inspired him to write music and create the hit song ‘Hands in the Air’. The talented musician also produces and even started his own record label.

4. Joe Praize.
Joe Praize -Unchangeable music video
Joe Praize -Unchangeable music video

Joseph Omo Ebhodaghe, the man behind the song ‘Mighty God’. This hit song blew gospel fans away making him the star he is today. Today he serves as the praise and worship leader in Christ Embassy and has even collaborated with Sinach. In 2010 he won song of the year at the Love World Awards. Praize has also won awards such as the song of the year in 2010 and is also a Christ Embassy worship leader.

 Ayo Vincent.

You Are Great feat. Joe Praise

Ayo started singing in her church choir at just seven years old! The talented starlet has also been ministering In Christ Embassy for several years. Ayo has been honing her skills as promising songwriter. Her soulful voice has won her many collaborations with an array of artists, such as Samsong, Sinach, Femi Jacobs and Hope Davies, and more. Vincent has taken won Best Music Video from the prestigious Crystal Awards in 2014, as well as African Gospel Music Awards 2014.

Israel Strong Pays Tribute to the Lord

The LoveWorld Inc’s favorite gospel star, Israel Strong  is back with another powerful track ‘He Paid It All’. This devoted and soulful artist has won several other awards over the years for his gospel hits.
It is a beautiful tribute to Jesus Christ. The song talks about how Jesus Christ paid for our sins. “I’ll never forget what he did on the cross to me, oh what a perfect love.” It is a song filled with devotion and gratitude for Jesus.

The song, with the simple line “He paid it all” perfectly describes Jesus’ selfless act as well as his love for humanity. The catchy pop song echoes Strong’s deep sense of thankfulness. Strong’s smooth and high vocals come alive and force you to sing along and shout hallelujah. Israel Strong is certainly a force to be reckoned with in the world of gospel. The vocalist has won multiple awards. In 2015, Strong was the recipient of ‘Song Writer of the year’ for the junior category. The awards project was created in order to “to reach the world through music and creative arts ministrations.” A strong sense of devotion super evident in all his music.

His other hot tracks include, New Level and the Advantage among many others, all of them channeling the love of God. In an interview with this “great minister of God in songs”, Israel Strong told us about the inspiration of his new single. He said; “This song was birthed by the Spirit of God and it came to me during my personal prayer and fasting. I wanted to sing a song that was in line with the message of year and God granted my heart desire.” Indeed a Channeling of Faith.

Check out more of Israel’s Strong’s inspiring hits that we selected that bets show his glorious gratitude to the Lord.

Strong communicates with the Lord through his music with themes of gratitude and appreciation. In one of his most popular hits of 2016 ‘Born Victorious’ , Strong talks about talks about creation and expresses a “confession of what God’s word says about the new creation in Christ” This great song was produced by Kelly Lyon, one of the genres top producers.

The Man of the Mountain Top is another great song that talks about that special presence that is constantly watches over you. We all want to climb that great mountain top, getting there can be scary but once you’re on top you “can never fall”. This is what Strong talks about in this moving track.

Strong is one of LoveWorld Music and Arts Ministry’s greatest artists and has expressed his great sense of appreciation for his church for honoring him before the world to the glory of God. He has stated the he owes his inspiration to Pastor Chris and Christ Embassy. In Israel Strong’s Voice, “am following my man of God, bumper to bumper.”
Other top gospel artists from the church including Sinach, Ada, Eben, Frank Edwards, Testimony Jaga, Rap Nation Jahdiel, Evangelist Kathy Woghiren, Buchi, Wisdom continue to transform gospel.

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