The African Gospel



1. When and where will the 10th SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards be held?
26 November 2017 at the Durban ICC Arena
2. How does one gain access to the Awards?
You need to purchase or have purchased a ticket from our offices or Computicket outlets, Shoprite/checkers
3. How much are the general access tickets?
Tickets are still available from Computicket from R480.00
4. How much is the VIP and VVIP ticket and what does it entail?
VIP Tickets are R1280 and VVIP tickets are R1980.00 each.
VIP Package: Limousine Ride from Hilton Hotel, Picture Opportunity with Celebrities, Red Carpet Parade and Cocktail After Party after the ceremony.
VVIP Package: Limousine Ride from Hilton Hotel, Picture Opportunity with Celebrities, Snacks during the show, Goodie Bag, Red Carpet Parade and Cocktail After Party after the ceremony.

5. Is the Media allowed to cover the event? How?
Yes – by this time you should have applied for accreditation as advised through media messages. Accreditation Applications closed on the 17th November 2017. Accredited media will contacted. You are ONLY allowed access to the event upon receiving an SMS or communique approving your application.
6. Are there any free events leading to the Crown Awards?
The Crown Awards are a ticket event (you need to buy a ticket) BUT we do have the following free events:
23 November: Ayihlome Crown Awards Prayer at Durban ICC (Hall 3) starting at 18h00
25-26 November: Christian Expo Africa at Durban ICC starting at 9am daily

7. I cannot afford a ticket, how will I be able to watch the Awards?
The Awards will be broadcast LIVE on SABC 2 at 20h00. Do not miss out! 
8. I have purchased a General Access ticket for the Awards, at what time must I be at the event venue?
Doors to the main event venue will close at 16h45. The show will start at 17h00. Please be Punctual!
9. For VIP and VVIP ticket holders, what time must I be at the venue?
VIP and VVIP Ticket Holders must be at the Hilton Hotel drop-off area on Walnut Road at 14h50 so that they can be chauffer driven to the Durban ICC entrance area for the Red Carpet Parade which starts at 15h00 to 16h30.
10. I do not have a ticket to the crowns but would love to see my favourite celebs, is this possible?
You can position yourself at the designated public area on Monty Naicker Street to see your favourite celebrities. Make sure you are already standing at 15h00  
11. At what time will the Red-Carpet Parade commence?
The Red Carpet will start at 15h00 to 16h30! Walala Wasala!!  
12. What’s New this Year at the Crown Awards?
If you have ticket to the Crown Awards, you will also have the opportunity to watch Gospel Musical #MARIA…..telling the Story of the Son! This powerful theatrical play stares Jessica Nkosi, Brian Themba, Sihle Zulu and Yolanda Myeza.
13. How can one follow the Awards on Social Media Platforms?
You can join the Crown Awards conversation by following/liking our Facebook Pages: CROWN GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS,... WORLD GOSPEL POWERHOUSE,….. MARIA THE GOSPEL MUSICAL
We are also on Twitter: @SabcCrownAwards,…… @Home_of_Gospel
Instagram: @theworldgospelpowerhouse
We will LIVE STREAM on our YOUTUBE Channel: The World Gospel Powerhouse

14. I bought my tickets previously via the World Gospel Powerhouse/Crown Awards Offices, how will I get my tickets?
If you have bought your tickets during our pre-order/early bird period and have submitted your proof of payment, then please call 0313033520 or email
15. Who are the nominees for this year’s Awards?
The Nominees has been published since the 21st October 2017 on media platforms, social media and our website
16. How do I vote for my favourite Artist or Gospel Song?
Voted for Categories can be voted for by using our SMS line. See artwork attached. Voting closes 20th November 2017 at 00:00
17. Which Categories are voted for until the night of the Awards Ceremony?
The Best Gospel Song Category and Best Gospel Artist Category can be voted for until the 26th November 2017 at 21h00.
For Best Gospel Song: SMS Song + Name of the Song to 34069 (sms costs R1.50)
For Best Gospel Artist: SMS Artist + Name of Artist to 34069 (sms costs R1.50)
See artwork attached…

18. For Media Statements, Press Interviews, Photographs and comments for articles after the event – who do I contact?
Media Statements and all other relevant collateral can be sent to you via email. Call: 0313033520 and ask to speak to Wendy (0722322252) or Mnqobi (0610066162).
19. Who are the sponsors of the Crown Gospel Music Awards 2017?
The Crown Awards are made possible by the World Gospel Powerhouse, KZN Provincial Government, Durban Tourism, SABC, Ukhozi FM and the KZN Department of Transport.
We appreciate the support of: Black Opal, Audi Pinetown, Mango Airlines, Isolezwe, The New Age, SABC 2, Imbokodo FM, Highway Radio, Radio Pulpit, Devine Touch Radio, Music in Africa and Bay TV.

20. I would love to have a Crown Awards branded t-shirt or Cap, How do I get these?
Crown Awards branded Merchandise such as T-shirts, Caps and Hoodies will be on sale at the Christian Expo (15-26 Nov @ Durban ICC , 9AM, FREE ENTRY), and at the entrance to the venue of the Awards on the 26th November. Prices to follow….
21. I have a query regarding the Awards, who do I contact?
For event queries: Ask for Miss Zama Mkhize
For Media queries: Ask for Wendy Sithole or Mnqobi Mthethwa
For Ticket queries: Ask for MaZwane, Malungi or Thabile Sokhela
For Artists/Nominees/Presenter queries: Ask for Sane Mbambo or Stella Gumede 
Guest queries/Accommodation: Ask for Nonjabulo Mdluli or Prince Zulu

  The wait is over, all entries have been received, the judges have decided, who will stand a chance to wear the crown…”


Durban, October, 2017 - The World Gospel Powerhouse unveiled the nominees for the 10th SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards 2017 in a grand all-white ceremony held in Durban on Friday, 20 October 2017.
Ours as the World Gospel Powerhouse is to identify, nurture and provide world-class opportunities through platforms such as the Crown Awards. This year the Crowns boast more than 40 categories for artists, musicians and industry role-players to pursue. In addition, for our 10th anniversary, we have introduced the following categories: Best iTende, Best Clap & Tap, Gospel Artist/Group of the Decade and Gospel Song of the Decade.

“The panel of judges for the Crown Awards included seasoned industry heads and role-players who have vast experience & knowledge on music and entertainment. Their role will be to judge all entries and score them according to our points system and criteria before consolidating a final nominees list that will be announced to the public this month”, said Zanele Mbokazi – Founder and Executive Producer of the Crown Awards.

It's Official! The SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards are Back, this time, 10 Years Old! Watch the space for a bigger & better Awards Ceremony as we celebrate 10 Years of Gospel Music Excellence. NOMINATION FORMS are available on this site or you can send an email to or call: 0313033520 DETAILS for the 10th SABC Crown Awards are as follows: - 24 to 26 November 2017: Christian Expo Africa - 25 November 2017: Crown Awards Night 1 - 26 November 2017: MAIN Crown Awards Night (LIVE on SABC-2) Venue: Durban ICC Arena, Durban - KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) For MEDIA ENQUIRIES: (0722322252 /0610066162) CHRISTIAN EXPO EXHIBITION: To EXHIBIT at the Christian Expo 2017- For TICKET SALES and GENERAL INFO: 0313033520/ Join the conversation on Social Media - Facebook: Crown Gospel Music Awards, Instagram: @theworldgospelpowerhouse, Twitter: @SabcCrownAwards (Hastag: #CrownAwards10 #Sekukaningi #DoubleLevels)


The Crown Gospel music awards were launched in 2007 and the first edition was held in the August 2008.  This is another one of The World Gospel Powerhouse initiatives under the patron of Zanele Mbokazi-Nkambule. These awards are a platform of saluting, celebrating and awarding excellence in the Gospel music industry in RSA and beyond the borders CGMA have grown in the past 9 years and it has continued to make a great contribution in the growth of Gospel music industry. 5000 guests from all walks of life attend The Crowns every year including Government officials, local and international artists, celebrities and the general public. The event is broadcast live on SABC. CGMA has attracted the interest of Gospel artists outside South Africa through a category ‘Best of Africa’ and also through the night’s performances.  Artists who have become ‘the friends’ of the CGMA include Uche, Sammy Okposo, Moipei Quartet, Shongwe & Khupuka, Masingarella, James Okon and many more.



The SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards were started in 2008. The Crown Gospel Music Awards are an initiative of The World Gospel Powerhouse. Over the years, the brand has grown and evolved into a well-respected platform for Gospel artists from all over SA and Africa. The CROWNS have unearthed a number of new artists who have now become household names. Through 33 categories, the CROWNS have managed to challenge Gospel artists to be creative, evolve and ensure that the genre becomes bigger and more exciting. In 2017, the CROWNS are celebrating 10 years, and the following activities are planned

CROWN GOSPEL BLESTIVAL      – CONCERT - 24 June , Carnival City, Gauteng
CROSSOVER      AYIHLOME CONCERT – 31 December,      Durban
RELEASEING      A CD AND DVD – the best of the Decade! 

This the main 10-year celebration of the Crown Awards’ Decade of Gospel music excellence!
DATE: 24 June 2017
VENUE: Carnival City, Gauteng
TIME: 12 noon to 12midnight
To celebrate the 10th year milestone
To look back and showcase the best Gospel artists of the decade!
To give Gospel music fans a platform to enjoy
The line-up will include previous nominees and winners of the Crow awards. Also, as one mandate of the World Gospel Powerhouse, to unearth and afford a platform to unknown / less popular Gospel artists. Artists bill includes, and not limited to:

Pastor Benjamin Dube
Rebecca Malope
Dumi Mkokstad
Living in Christ (AmaZion)
And more…
Rev. Dr. S. D. Gumbi
Bishop Nkambule
Bishop Nhlapo

To be confirmed
To be confirmed