South Africa has a long and strong tradition of gospel music,and Lebo Sekgobela and is certainly part of this legacy. The powerful message in her music is carried through into her life, and she has committed herself to spreading the message of love and faith to others. Lebo has been nominated for Female Artist of the Year at the 2017 South African Music Awards (SAMAs), alongside Babes Wodumo, Kelly Khumalo, Amanda Black, and Thandiswa. We’re finding out as much as we can about each of these incredible nominees – read the rest of our Women To Watch series here.

Born in September 1981, Lebo’s family has always supported her in her career as a musician. Staying true to her faith and beliefs, Lebo decided to spread love and the gospel of God not only through her music, but through various outreach and charity programmes. Lebo has had her own struggles in life, but staying true to her strong character, she speaks candidly about her experiences, stating that it’s her wish to help and encourage others possibly going through the same trauma as she did. Overcoming incredible violence as a child, she rose up to become one of the most celebrated women in the South African music industry.

The Tebogo Home for the Handicapped is one of the many organisations that Lebo has been involved in and she spends much of her time working with children – many of whom were abandoned by their parents. Lebo’s work has taken her around the word including New York, London, Chicago and many more. Her career so far has also seen her work with gospel legends like Benjamin Dube, Solly Mahlangu, Neyi Zimu to name but a few.

At this year’s SAMAs, Lebo has been nominated in two categories. For her album, Restored, she received a nomination as Best Female Artist of the Year, as well as Best Contemporary Faith Music Album. Lebo has been nominated along some pretty amazing musicians, to the likes of Dr Tumi, Babes Wodumo, Amanda Black and Kelly Khumalo. So this year, the competition will be tough and we can’t wait to see the results!

 

Lebo Sekgobela

Lebo Sekgobela. Photo courtesy of HM Entertainments

 

Restored is a testament to Lebo’s talent and is filled with some of the best gospel tracks we’ve heard in a long time. We were totally blown away with her vocal performance in Thato Ya Hao. Other tracks from the album like Lion of Judah and Halleluyah Mdumiseni do justice to the genre of gospel and will leave you feeling inspired and moved. What impressed us most of all? Restored was recorded live…  It’s hard to believe those vocals are real! We’ll be kept glued to the screen on May 27 for the SAMAs.