GOSPEL musician, Everton Mlalazi, says he has had a successful year in terms of his musical career, winning awards across Africa and being nominated for the Best of Africa Gospel Artist at the Crown Gospel Music Awards set for November 26.
He is up against Sesame, Tsepo Lesola, from Botswana and Nigerian Ov Prince.
Mlalazi scooped the Africa Male Gospel Artist of the Year award last month.
He has also collaborated with other musicians, including Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Bishop Benjamin Dube, and has taken his ministry to various regions in Africa and globally.
He will perform at the Spirit of Praise Zimbabwe tour later this month alongside several other musicians. “It is both exciting and humbling to be recognised at such a huge stage,” he said.
“Recognition encourages us to grow and put in more work, but this is God’s work, every platform and opportunity I get, I use to further the good news of hope and salvation.
“God has opened doors that have led me to work with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Bishop Benjamin Dube, Xolly Mncwango, and Minister Mahendere locally.
“This has helped shape me as a musician.
“I recently performed at Gospel Goes Classical South Africa at Carnival City and it was electric. The same weekend I performed at the Sinach in South Africa Concert as well as at Mpumi Mtshweni’s homecoming in Witbank and my music was received very well.
“This showed me music is definitely a global language and it becomes even more powerful if it is preaching the word of God.”
The musician, who turned 40 in May, has been doing some local tours with his In The Presence Volume 2.
“We have continued with the In The Presence Tour which began in Bulawayo at the beginning of the year. We took it to Harare and Masvingo and we are heading to Mutare on November 18.”
He is part of the Spirit of Praise Zimbabwe tour set for November 24 at Hippodrome where he will share the stage with different musicians.
“Artists like Benjamin Dube, Ayanda Ntanzi, Dumi Mkokstad, Canaan Nyathi, Takie Ndou, Mmatema and many others will be in Harare for the first time as a group. It promises to be an amazing night of worship. I encourage people to buy their tickets on time to avoid disappointment.