In less than a week, one gospel star hopeful will have their dreams realised when they are crowned as the 2017 Gospel Icons Discovery winner. The grand finale of the 5th edition of the prestigious competition is scheduled to take place on 17 September at Ohlange Sports Ground in Inanda.
Approximately 36 finalists will sing their hearts out to impress judges; Malusi Mbokazi, Thulani Ga Ndlela, DJ Happygal and Thina Zungu. The competition which is divided into soloists, groups and odwinkidwinki (under 14 years) will see winners in each category walk away with R20 000 cash. Groups and soloists will also receive a full album recording deal with one of the leading recording companies in the City while odwinkidwinki receive a scholarship to be coached on a musical instrument of their choice at the Durban Music School.
Another highlight for the winner of this years’ edition is an opportunity to perform at the ESSENCE Festival Gospel Concert, where they will share the stage with internationally acclaimed gospel stars such as Joyous Celebration and Bishop TD Jakes.
The judges, who are also esteemed musicians, have travelled to all wards of the City to uncover the talent. After a vigorous elimination process, the 36 finalists will undergo training where they will be skilled on presentation, understanding the music industry and other essential techniques to ensure that they are able to sustain their chosen career path – gospel music.
Members of the community are invited to come and watch the Grand Finale and support their favourite finalists. Entry is free.