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MBABANE – In a period of two hours, the MTN iPraise Digital Festival attracted over 12 500 views from gospel fans.

The show was hosted by none other than renowned and award-winning MC of note, Mzwakhe ‘Tjovitjo’ Khumalo. Gospel music once again showed why it is the leading and most followed genre in the country as emaSwati tuned in using various platforms to watch the first installment of the annual MTN iPraise Digital Festival. Held at Destiny Music Warehouse in Matsapha on Sunday evening, the ratings are the total number of views on each platform being Y’ello Hub and social media pages MTN Eswatini and MTN iPraise Gospel Music Festival. It is worth noting that during and after the event, as of yesterday there were over 2 000 comments made by gospel fanatics who interacted at their respective abodes on Sunday evening since the event was streamed live. Artists performing on stage included the top five which was voted for by their fans and they were La-Zwide Nezinceku Zamagawugawu, Satis Khumalo, Make Simelane ne Mcebo we Calvary, Maphatsindvuku and Africa and Lindo.


First to take the stage was La-Zwide, who broke the ice on stage as she performed a worshipping song. Representing Siteki, the group was followed by Africa and Lindo who performed ‘Uyinkosi u-Jesu’. Third to take the stage was Make Simelane ne Mcebo we Calvary, who shook the stage with her latest songs with her backing vocalists. She then ended her performance on a high note as she had dancers coming onto the stage as they performed some of the latest dance moves. Performing songs from his latest offering ‘Azovulwa Amasango’, Maphatsindvuku serenaded fans with songs they are well known for. Looking dapper in an emarald green suit which he matched well  with red shoes and accessories courtesy of Wardrobe Eswatini, Satis Khumalo brought a different feel as he did what he did best with his energetic backing vocalists Bongekile, Mzayoni and Ntsiki.


The show was then shut down by La-Zwide Nezinceku Zamagawugawu whose presence was felt on stage. Clad in white and blue outfits, the gospel ensemble ended their performance with ‘Yelele Mama’ which was incorporated with whistles and dance moves the group is famously known for. The festival’s Project Manager Tammy Dlamini said he was short of words for the overwhelming support given to the festival by emaSwati. He said, “We didn’t expect such numbers. Ever since the voting stages we were overwhelmed by the increasing number of votes which means emaSwati were fully behind this concept in support of the gospel music fraternity and MTN iPraise brand as well. I would like to thank everyone who supported MTN and Destiny group for making this a huge success.”He promised gospel music lovers that next year’s event would be much bigger and better.

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