Hot on the heels after having a new baby boy, sensational Contemporary Ghanaian gospel artiste, Cwesi Oteng, who is making huge waves on the Ghanaian music scene and beyond, is gunning for this year’s Africa Gospel Music Awards (AGMA) slated for Saturday, 7th July, at the Hippodrome in London.
The 2011 Ghana Gospel Industry Awards’ New Artiste of the Year, 2011 Vodafone-4Syte TV MVA winner of Best Gospel Video and 2011 Africa Gospel Music Awards nominee for Discovery of the Year and Best Gospel Video of the Year categories disclosed his excitement about receiving multiple nominations in this year’s AGMA over the weekend.
“I am excited that my creativity has once again been recognized by AGMA and it’s humbling to daily receive congratulations messages from friends and fans on the nominations received. It will definitely be a good feeling to win a couple of the categories if not all but I salute the works of all nominated and wish everyone the very best. I pray this recognition and eventual win will urge everyone especially young people to aspire to use their gifts to positively influence society and serve their generation and God faithfully,” Cwesi commented.
Cwesi Oteng, propelled by his hit single, ‘God Dey Bless Me’ is gunning for three prestigious categories in this year’s Africa Gospel Music Awards (AGMA): Song of the Year, Video of the Year and Artiste of the Year (West Africa). Should Cwesi win any of the categories, it will be another high profile recognition for the young, anointed and incredibly talented artiste who has been building a great buzz world over ever since the release of his first single, ‘Mercy (But for Your Mercy)’, off his highly anticipated ‘Mercy Project’ album that isscheduled for a grand release in September 2012.
Cwesi’s ‘Mercy’ song was released in 2010 and later that same year a video for the song was released that awed fans. The song became an instant inspirational hit song and together with its video earned him enviable recognition for his creative music production, thought-provoking lyrics, amazing live performances and great videos- all culminating to win him three prestigious awards and many nominations in2011.
His current hit song, ‘God Dey Bless Me’, the second single off his upcoming ‘Mercy Project’ album, seems to be following the trail blazed by ‘Mercy’. ‘God Dey Bless Me’ is turning out to be bigger owing to the huge crossover appeal it has gotten onto mainstream and secular radio in Ghana and the massive grounds it’s making on the African continent, not forgetting heavy rotation on Christian radio or gospel shows all over Africa, UK and US.
The video for ‘God Dey Bless Me’ has also come to add more potential to the song and his music brand and thus many believe Cwesi Oteng is on the path to joining the circuit of great gospel music artistes from Africa.Remarkably, Cwesi has achieved all these feats with only two prelude singles off a yet to be released album and is expected to gain more when the album is released finally in September!
In the end Cwesi appealed to fans and lovers of his music and videos to log on to www.africagospelawards.com and appreciate his creativity by voting for him in the ‘Song of the Year’, ‘Video of the Year’ and ‘Artiste of the Year (West Africa) categories. Other Ghanaian artistes with nominations include Ohemaa Mercy, Nii Okai, Gifty Osei, Royal Priesthood, Preachers, Skuulf0o, among others. Voting has already begun and is expected to end on 30thJune, 2012 and so fans are advised to vote now on www.africagospelawards.com website.
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