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Seven nominations for Vhembe gospel star

Entertainment - Date: 22 November 2019

Written by: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho / Viewed: 1848


The ever-shining Limpopo gospel star, Lufuno Phalanndwa, was the most nominated artist during the Limpopo Gospel Music Awards (LIGMA) nomination party that was held at the Fusion Boutique Hotel in Polokwane on Saturday night.

Phalanndwa, from Ha-Mutsha village, received seven nominations for his début album, Midnight Hour Worship, which was recorded live at the Ha-Mutsha Community Hall in December 2018.

The Shela Muya hit maker was nominated for the Newcomer of the Year, Best Gospel Album of the Year, Best Male Artist of the Year, Best Gospel Artist of the Year, and Best Worship Song of the Year for his hit Nga a rendwe, on which he features Grace Mulaudzi. The popular Shela Muya song scooped two nominations, that of Best Collaboration Song and the coveted Song of the Year.

He beamed with joy and excitement for receiving so many nominations, and he was quick to direct all the praises to the Lord, saying all the nominations were made possible by God. “I worked so hard in preparation of this album,” he said. “I worked with the best team and my manager was on our case, ensuring that quality was never compromised.”

Mr Shela Muya, as Phalanndwa is affectionately known in the gospel fraternity, is managed by Mr Robert Netshiunda of Mukurob Music.

Phalanndwa is not new to top-notch recognition in the gospel industry. On Sunday, he will wait with bated breath at the Durban International Convention Centre where he is tipped to win the Best Gospel Collaboration Song and Best Worship Song at the SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards ceremony. Before the SABC Crown Gospel Awards nomination, Phalanndwa fell short of a victory at the Tshivenda Music Awards, where he was nominated for Best Tshivenda Gospel Album of the Year.

The Limpopo Gospel Music Awards ceremony will be held at the Meropa Casino Hotel on 7 December 2019.


Lufuno Phalanndwa was the most nominated artist during the Limpopo Gospel Music Awards (LIGMA) nomination ceremony.



Tshifhiwa Mukwevho

Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.


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