Kabelo Eric bags two gospel awards in USA

Kitso Ramono
Kabelo Eric Kgaodi

A local Gospel artist, Kabelo Eric Kgaodi has won two international prizes at the Gospel Choice Music Awards in Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America on June 20.

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The talented singer bagged Best International Male artist of the Year award and Gospel Music Industry Honouree.

The 30-year-old internationally acclaimed star was nominated in three categories, namely the Gospel Jazz Artist of the Year, International Male Artist/Vocalist of the Year and Urban Inspirational Artist of the year, courtesy of his Urban/Gospel Jazz single video of Itlhotlhore frorm his album “Take the Glory”.

Asked how he got selected, he said, Gospel Choice Music Awards invited him for a live performance in October last year, during the Indie Artists Rock Gospel International Showcase event in Newark.

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“When I was invited to come and play in the same awards last year by the Gospel Choice Music Awards organized, I used the opportunity and submitted my work and profile for the awards,” said Kgaodi.

The Sikwane-born musician could not contain his joy, adding that this is a watershed moment in his career that he feels would open more doors globally.

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“Locally, I have not been recognised and appreciated as much as I should be,” Kgaodi explained, “but people outside my country love my music, and I believe that in no time I will be relocating overseas to pursue my singing career, which I believe is where I am appreciated,” he said.

He reveals that this was not his first foreign win, as he previously won Best Religious Song in Africa at the Afroteinment Museke Online Africa Music Awards, which were held in the United States at the time.

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Kgaodi says he always knew he was vocally endowed when he began singing at his choir church, Efesi Apostolic Church, in 2006, and went on to become a professional singer and never looked back.

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