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MBABANE - If you have not nominated your favourite artist yet, this might be your last chance.

  The Association of Christian Artists in Eswatini (ACAESWA) a few weeks ago announced that it would be hosting gospel awards online dubbed ‘Lockdown Gospel Music Awards’ (LOGMA).

 The awards, which will take place this coming November, were officially launched on July 11, 2020 at The George Hotel in Manzini. 

 The association’s Public Relations Officer, Nhlanhla Mathunjwa, yesterday officially announced that they will be closing their nominating lines on August 28, 2020.

 “We have been getting a positive response from the public. We had requested them to nominate their favourite gospel artist and they have been responding well. The current COVID-19 pandemic has pushed us to wear our creative caps and we will be having a great online show,” he said.

The nominations are open for two of the categories that the awards will have, which are public and technical categories.

The public categories will be decided by the public and are open to anyone who qualifies, while the technical categories will be decided by the adjudication panel except for ‘The Most Downloaded Gospel Song’ category, which will be based on online statistics.

Mathunjwa went on to encourage people to continue voting and supporting their favourite artists.

“If there are people who have not nominated their best artist they can still do so before August 28,2020,” he added.


Nominations are done using the MTN Eswatini as well as Eswatini Mobile, where users send a short message service (SMS) code to the provided number 6677.  

While users of the two giant local networks can SMS ‘LEGMA’ followed by the artists’ name and category to the short code provided, Eswatini Post and Telecommunications Corporation (EPTC) users can nominate their favourite artists by purchasing recharge vouchers and then log on to http://voting.sptc.co.sz/portal/nominations/ and follow the steps.


“An artist may be entered into multiple categories and two copies of their CD/album are required per artist as reflected in the category rules. Entries received are then screened for compliance with the relevant rules and to check whether such entries are entered in the correct categories,” said Mathunjwa. 

The purpose of this process, known as vetting, is to ensure that each entry is eligible, in the right category and is not at risk of disqualification.

Mathunjwa also shared that they will officially reveal the nominees on September 5, 2020

It is worth noting that the awards have been also supported by Old Mutual which pumped E10 000.







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