NEWS | MUSIC
By Mphatso Chiwala(Contributor)
Barely a couple of months after Wendy Harawa boarded the gospel music ship, the dreadlocked female vocalist has seen her song, Chisomo being nominated for the 2019 Maranatha Global Worship Music Awards (MGWMA).
Chisomo, a duet with renowned Nigerian gospel artist Jimmy D Psalmist, has been nominated in two categories; Outstanding Petition/Supplication Song of Excellence and Outstanding Collaboration Song of Excellence.
The two artists met in Lilongwe last year at Mathumela Studio owned by artist Lawrence Khwisa, popularly known as Lulu, to collaborate on the song.
According to the nomination list released last week, Wendy will compete against South Africa’s Ntokozo Mbambo, Tanzania’s Angel Bernard and Christopher Mwahangila, Kenya’s Flex Muzik, Daddy Owen and Liberia’s Min Jojo. Apparently, she is the only Malawian on the list.
According to her, the nomination is a confirmation of her turning into gospel music fraternity.
“Right now, this is a confirmation that I belong to the gospel music. The recognition alone means a lot and I understand God’s time is the best. Perhaps this is the start of great things in my career,” Wendy said over the weekend.
Adds she, “I’ve been in the music business for years but this is the first gospel song to get international recognition; this can only be God.”
Currently, the voting process is still sketchy but more information can be accessed via https://www.speakupp.com/web/SUPPLICATION-SONG/.
Meanwhile, the hands behind the production, Lulu, says he is excited by the nomination adding that it affirms Wendy’s success in gospel music.
“We have been in a learning process but now we are happy that we can contribute beyond the borders. I feel like the door has opened now and we need to push through and keep making noise and stamp a mark,” he said.
For several years, Wendy was synonymous with secular music until late last year when she announced that she had turned to gospel.
The song, Chisomo, is her second gospel single after Ambuye Ndionetseni, and M’busa wanga -a Ralph Ching’amba, and Thato (South – Africa) production.
According to information sourced on its website www.musicinafrica.net, Maranatha Award is a Kenyan Based Gospel Music Award that acknowledges and celebrate authentic Biblical Worship Music worldwide.
Last year’s award ceremony saw the attendance of top gospel musicians from Kenya, Ghana, DRC and Tanzania. Mahalia Buchanan from South Africa’s biggest gospel group and global name, Joyous Celebration, was also in attendance.
Under the theme; Celebrating Excellence in Worship Music Ministry, the 4th edition of Maranatha Global Worship Music Awards seeks to acknowledge authentic biblical worship music and to honor exceptional individuals from around the globe.
The awards grand ceremony will take place in Kenya’s capital Nairobi on 12th May, 2019.