Mphotholozi flying Msukaligwa’s flag high at 4th annual Mpumalanga Gospel Awards

Nkosinathi “Mphotholozi” Fakude is achieving his goals one step at a time.

This local gospel star has been nominated for the 4th Mpumalanga Gospel Awards, known as Mgoma.

His younger years were the catalyst in deciding to pursue music.

“I grew up in the church as my grandfather, Mkhulu Petros Zwane, was a pastor.

“So I was in the church choir most of my life and singing was our daily bread.”

Being raised by his grandparents, he considers his cousins his siblings.

“We are a huge family with cousins, aunts, nephews and nieces and we used to sing gospel songs.

“We would be lounging around and then one person would break into song and we would all join in.”

Born and bred in Mayflower, he is a Msukaligwa Municipality product.

He credits his musical family as his biggest supporters with his mom, Thembi Zwane, being his number one cheerleader.

After matriculating at Mayflower Secondary School, he moved to Ermelo to pursue a qualification in Electrical Engineering at Gert Sibande Tvet College.

Even though he has many academic achievements, he puts music before all else.

However, the life of an artist can be struggle so his qualifications are put to use as he is currently working for Transnet.

Music had to take a backseat as he established himself in his chosen career at the institution.

“My goal was to raise funds for my music but eventually I considered my job as a career and I have not looked back since.”

Even though he knows who butters his bread, music is his first love.

This singer/songwriter has been featured in many local gospel albums and has made a name for himself in gospel circles around Gert Sibande District.

This has led him to open for many gospel acts with many industry insiders encouraging him to pursue a solo project.

Working independently and with help from friends, he released his first album in June titled Asimbonanga, We didn’t see Him.

The album has propelled him into the limelight and with his gregarious personality, he is right at home on the stage in the spotlight.

The album garnered him two nominations at the provincial gospel awards set to take place on 10 December in Mbombela.

He is nominated in the Best Song of the Year category for his title track, Asimbonanga and Best Male Artist.

“Being nominated means the world to me.

“It means I have arrived and am going places and my peers see my hard work.”

With all the success, he remains his grandmother’s, Gog Cathrine Zwane, little boy.

She randomly calls him and they sing gospels songs as witnessed during this interview.

“She calls every day to check how I am doing and those are the highlights of my days.”

Even though music is number one in his life, he has many feathers in his cap.

A self-taught piano player, he is currently a music director for various gospel groups and numerous.

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He acknowledges that he is loquacious and this means he is always in demand to be master of ceremony (MC) at events.

He is a proud born-again Christian and serves as a worship minister at Church on the Hill under the leadership of Pastor L Mdaka and Pastor S Mdaka.

He considers himself a spiritual and religious person which influences his songwriting and motivational talks.

Mphotholozi is not just one-faceted and regards himself as an aspiring chef.

An experiential cook, he has been known to command a kitchen, passionately putting out delectable dishes.

“I can bake as well.

“If music does not work out, I can always be a chef.”

Already with a large following, Mphotholozi is on his way to stardom.

He appreciates his fans and supporters for buying his music as he continues to grow in the music industry.

Or as he would say, I am pushing in this “elifini”, life, thing.

Amanda Mthembu

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