The Best of South African Gospel Music in 2016

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Looking for a great way to enjoy the best of South African gospel music this year? Check out our top picks for the best of 2016!

2016 in Review

It’s been quite a year for South African gospel music. We’ve seen some great new artists emerge, as well as some amazing new music from established artists. Let’s take a look at some of the best South African gospel music of 2016.

The Best of South African Gospel Music in 2016

It’s been an amazing year for South African Gospel music, with some incredible albums being released. Here are our picks for the best of the bunch.

‘Wena Wedwa’ by Spirit of Praise feat. Tatiana Manaois
This track, from the album ‘Exousia’, is a worship song with a strong message about trusting in God. Tatiana Manaois’s soulful vocals are supported by a catchy beat, making it impossible to resist moving your feet.

‘Siyavuma’ by Joyous Celebration
Joyous Celebration is one of the best-known Gospel choirs in South Africa, and they do not disappoint with this track from their album ‘23rd Psalm: The African Gospel Symphony’. The soaring vocals and uplifting message make it a perfect choice for any situation.

‘Kwanqabumusa’ by SbuNoah feat. Jabu Hlongwane
This heart-warming ballad from SbuNoah’s debut album ‘Uhambo Lwakho’ is a beautiful ode to God’s love and grace. Jabu Hlongwane’s emotive vocals add an extra layer of depth to the already moving lyrics.

The Worst of South African Gospel Music in 2016

2016 was a tough year for South African Gospel music. There were more plagiarism scandals, industry drama, and artist beefs than ever before. Here are the biggest moments that had us cringing in 2016.

1. Hlengiwe Mhlaba’s Plagiarism Scandal

In October, it was revealed that popular gospel singer Hlengiwe Mhlaba had plagiarized parts of her song “Bhekani Ukukhala” from a hymn by American gospel singer Kurt Carr. The news came as a shock to fans, who had always regarded Mhlaba as a highly respected artist. Mhlaba issued a public apology, but the damage was already done.

2. Sfiso Ncwane’s Health scare

In December, popular gospel singer Sfiso Ncwane was rushed to hospital after collapsing onstage during a performance in Johannesburg. Ncwane was later diagnosed with kidney failure and has been receiving treatment since then. The incident sent shockwaves through the Gospel music industry, and fans have been praying for Ncwane’s recovery ever since.

3. Rebecca Malope’s Lipsync Controversy

In November, legendary gospel singer Rebecca Malope was accused of lipsyncing during a live performance on SABC’s Gospel Gold show. Videos of the performance quickly went viral, and many fans were disappointed in Malope for not singing live.Malope issued a statement afterwards explaining that she had been suffering from a cold and had made the decision to lipsync in order to avoid disappointing fans.

The Best of South African Gospel Music in 2016

gospel music has been around for many years and has evolved into a very popular genre in South Africa. There are many different styles of gospel music, but the one commonality between all of them is the message of hope and love that they convey. 2016 was a great year for South African gospel music, with many different artists releasing amazing albums. Here are some of the best of 2016.

The Best Albums of South African Gospel Music in 2016

It’s no secret that South Africa is a powerhouse when it comes to gospel music. The country is home to some of the most talented and anointed musicians in the world, and 2016 was no exception. From traditional choirs to contemporary worship bands, South African gospel artists continue to bless the world with their God-given talents.

Below are some of the best albums of South African gospel music that were released in 2016. Whether you’re a fan of traditional hymns or modern worship songs, there’s something on this list for everyone.

1. Joyous Celebration Vol. 21: Heal Our Land – Joyous Celebration
One of the most popular gospel choirs in the world, Joyous Celebration is back with another amazing album. This time around, the focus is on healing our land, and the album features some of the most powerful and anointed songs you’ll ever hear. If you’re looking for an album that will ministers to your soul, this is it.

2. Revival – Benjamin Dube
Veteran gospel singer Benjamin Dube returns with another crowd-pleasing album. Filled with toe-tapping praise and worship tunes, Revival is sure to get you on your feet and dancing along with Dube and his talented backing band. This is one album that will have you coming back for more again and again.

3. WOW Gospel 2016 – Various Artists
The annual WOW Gospel compilation series is always filled with amazing music, and 2016’s edition is no different. Featuring some of the biggest names in gospel music, including Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans, and many others, this double disc set is a must-have for any serious gospel music fan.

4. The Journey – Lebo Sekgobela
One of South Africa’s most respected female gospel singers, Lebo Sekgobela returns with a brand new album titled The Journey. Featuring Sekgobela’s trademark soulful voice, The Journey takes listeners on a musical journey that is sure to encourage and uplift your spirits

The Best Songs of South African Gospel Music in 2016

The best of South African gospel music in 2016 can be hard to define due to the diverse taste in music from different people. However, there were some songs that stood out and were loved by many. The list below includes some of the top gospel songs of 2016 that you should definitely add to your playlist.

1. Inspirational by Zanele Mbokazi
2. Ndikhokhele by Bongani Mbongeni Moyo
3. Ruka by Rebecca Malope
4. Wena Wedwa by Vusi Nova
5. Glory to His Name by Benjamin Dube
6. Lethabathemba by Sbunozomi
7. We Move Forward by Joyous Celebration
8. Thula Moya Wami by Lundi Tyamara
9. Ngiyakukhumbula by Solly Moholo
10 Ndigodola Emlanjeni by Wendy Harawa

The Best Artists of South African Gospel Music in 2016

Here are some of the best artists of South African gospel music in 2016. Each artist has been selected because of their unique style, contribution to the genre, and overall influence on the South African gospel music scene.

1. Siphokazi
2. Mthunzi
3. Dumi Mkokstad
4. Benjamin Dube
5. Joyous Celebration

The Worst of South African Gospel Music in 2016

The best of South African gospel music in 2016 was a great year for the genre. There were many great albums released and many artists had breakout years. However, there was also a lot of bad music released this year. In this article, we will be discussing the worst of South African gospel music in 2016.

The Worst Albums of South African Gospel Music in 2016

There were some truly terrible albums released in South African Gospel music this year. Here are the worst of the worst, in no particular order:

1. ‘Unchained’ by Grace Bible Church
2. ‘Worthless’ by Resurrection Power Ministries
3. ‘The Lie We Live’ by Living Water Church
4. ‘Hallelujah Anyway’ by Hillsong Johannesburg
5. ‘False Prophets’ by Victory In Christ Fellowship
6. ‘Babylonian Confusion’ by Christ For All Nations
7. ‘Preachers of Hate’ by Christ Embassy

The Worst Songs of South African Gospel Music in 2016

Gospel music in South Africa has been on a decline in recent years, with many artists resorting to cringe-worthy lyrics and production values. Here are eight of the worst songs of South African gospel music in 2016.

The Worst Artists of South African Gospel Music in 2016

In 2016, there were a number of artists who released terrible music in the South African gospel genre. Here are the worst offenders:

1. Mthunzi Namba – His album “Mangwanani” was an absolute mess, filled with flat vocals and bland production.

2. Dumi Mkokstad – “Uthando” was one of the most uninspired and boring albums of the year.

3. Sipho Makhabane – “Soul Survivor” was a snooze-fest of an album, with Makhabane’s vocals sounding flat and unengaging.

4. Rebecca Malope – “The Power of Love” was a directionless album that offered nothing new or interesting from Malope.

5. Hlengiwe Mhlaba – “Ceaseless Praise” was an album filled with predictable and safe worship songs that did nothing to elevate Mhlaba’s already dull voice.

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