Gospel artiste Pompi wins Groove Award


AWARD winning gospel artiste Pompi (Chaka Nyathando) says his latest honour of best southern Africa artiste at the Groove Awards in Kenya is a wakeup call.
Nyathando was last Sunday named the 2014 best southern Africa artiste after beating South Africa’s gospel giants Benjamin Dube and Joyous Celebrations through a public vote.
In an interview yesterday, Nyathando said he was humbled to learn that apart from Zambians, East Africans too embraced his music.
The singer-rapper said the award had given him confidence to think on a continental platform.
“I’m still shocked, I didn’t see it coming, I’m a fan of both Joyous Celebrations and Benjamin Dube and I thought Kenyans didn’t know me. I was told some deejays in Kenya that I don’t even know, campaigned on my behalf and Kenyans actually voted for me,” Nyathando narrated.
The hip hop gospel artiste becomes the first Zambian musician to win a Groove Award.
Groove Awards are the biggest gospel music awards in East Africa, which have been held annually for the past nine years.
Nyathando was earlier grouped in the same category with South Africa’s Benjamin Dube, Joyous Celebrations and Solly Mahlangu as well Zambia’s Abel Chungu and Mag 44.
The trio was also accorded a chance to perform their songs during the awards ceremony held at Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi last Sunday.
The award winners have been invited to have dinner with President Kenyatta this weekend.


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