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MBABANE –  Swazis are proving to be the best in the music industry.

Another gospel artist has won a major award in South Africa. Famous Zion artist, Gcina Masuku is proud of his Zion Music Achievement Award. Masuku won the Best Zion Artist Award during the awards held in Durban last Sunday. The ‘God is Good’ artist is the only local artist who was nominated in the awards.  Masuku got the automatic nomination through Ukhozi FM  after his song was among the stations Top 5 most requested songs.  He said when he was informed of the nomination; he did not believe it at first as he had not signed up for the awards personally.  Only after the nomination process was explained to him did the reality of the magnitude of the awards hit him. “I received a phone call from one of the awards organisers who insisted that I should attend the event. As all automatic entry winners would receive a special mention at the event. Little did I know I would come back home with the award,” said Masuku. He said in the category he had been nominated in, the artists were not expected to vote but instead it was the judge’s choice.  This was based on airplay.

He said he was still shocked as he now realises that local music is being followed internationally. “We now have a huge number of fans as Zion artists even outside the country and this is a sign that our music is growing and it will continue growing,” he said. He thanked all the gospel music lovers who have been supporting him in his music career.  “Had it not been for the support I have been getting, I would not be where I am today in as far as my music career is concerned.”  He dedicated the award to his colleagues in the music industry encouraging them to continue working hard. Ronnie Dlamini, the Association of Christian Artists in Swaziland (ACASWA) Public Relations Officer (PRO) congratulated Masuku for the achievement saying he had made the country proud. He said Masuku had not only done himself proud but he had lifted the country’s flag.

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