‘It makes you feel like you are not enough’ — Zaza Mokhethi on not receiving local awards
After nearly 13 years in the music industry, gospel powerhouse Zaza Mokhethi says she has felt unappreciated by award shows.
Over the years, Zaza has sung with renowned artists including Rebecca Malope, Vicky Vilakazi, and Solly Mahlangu, performed in international shows, been a part of the biggest gospel groups Joyous Celebration and Spirit of Praise, and has many hit songs under her belt as a solo artist.
However, despite her achievements, the singer spoke of how she owns only one local award.
“I don't own an award from the biggest awards in Mzansi. I think I have one from Mpumalanga. I [only] get nominations at the big awards,” she said during her sit-down on The Venting Podcast.
“I also want to know the criteria they use because it doesn't make sense to me. I've received awards outside, in Tanzania, London and the US. I receive awards from those people but nothing here at home.
“It's very painful to feel unappreciated at home. It hurts. I don't know how the people who get them, get them. But they get them. I made peace with it and decided not to enter [awards] again because it hurts. It makes you feel like you are not enough. I decided to make music for the people and not be nominated for awards.”
When previously speaking to Kaya959 about her solo career, Zaza said her passion was rooted in her love for music and ministry.
“I think music itself is healing. It is an explosive expression of humanity. It is something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we are from, everyone loves music.”
Despite not getting “recognition”, Zaza has continued to thrive in the music scene. The singer is gearing towards the release of her seventh studio album, Shaback Shofar Chronicle, after two years.
“Not everyone gets you, but it is OK. Value your time attention and the energy you attract. Right ones will find you,” she captioned a post teasing towards her album on Instagram.
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