Khabane is nominated for best gospel artiste



MASERU – Gospel sensation Nthabiseng Khabane has been nominated for the best gospel artiste at the Independent National Gospel Music Awards (INGOMA) scheduled for the Red Conference Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, on August 26. The Lesotho-born star is currently based in the United Kingdom (UK), where her musical career was launched.

The INGOMA is an annual gospel music awards event, celebrating upcoming and independent gospel artistes from across the African continent. The upcoming international show marks its 10th anniversary since it was launched on June 6, 2013 in Johannesburg.

Khabane released her third new album in May this year, titled Jeso Fela after Thy Kingdom Come, which was released in 2018, and Kenyorilwe in 2020. The Chief Executive Officer of the INGOMA Foundation, Dan Raseluma, said: “We are dedicated to exposing, promoting, and celebrating rising stars through recognition of excellence and awarding their talents.”

He further said: “Kudos to all the artistes nominated this year. They truly deserve the recognition for the hard work they have put into their music and continuously honing their craft while no one was watching.”

The INGOMA Foundation CEO said they were aiming to encourage work of a high standard and artistes to write and produce new as well as better material.

For her part, Khabane said: “I feel very honoured, humbled, and grateful to be nominated for the award.

“It is yet another dream come true for a girl from Butha-Buthe who never imagined seeing her name on the list of award nominations.” She added: “It can only be through God. I give Him all the praise for the things He is doing in my life.”

The musician said the nomination has given her a big boost in confidence and faith that God is on her side. “It is not that I am better than others. It is by divine favour, and for as long as I can, I will keep praising God for His Goodness,” she said.

Khabane’s passion for music began at an early age, as a young girl from a devout Catholic family. Before embarking on a career in gospel singing, she sang in a handful of choirs in the UK, and was a member of the worship team at Calvary Family Church.

The star who is a nurse by profession started working in the UK in the medical industry before her musical career began in 2015.

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