Acting Entertainment Editor
His name is Everton Mlalazi.
The mention of his name may already be ringing a bell in someone’s ears, wondering what he has done this time.
Mlalazi is now mostly known for hosting and investing in powerful gospel concerts in and outside Zimbabwe and his name is mostly associated with that, and singing too.
By the way, when he hosts such shows, he will not only be headlining them, but is also accredited for uniting gospel musicians across Africa, as more than twice he has put big names such as Soweto Gospel Choir, Benjamin Dube, Janet Manyowa, Minister Michael Mahendere and Ntokozo Mbambo, among others under one roof.
The short description of Mlalazi would be that he is the best thing to happen to gospel music this year.
Facts are stubborn.
Mlalazi has greatly improved in terms of performances, song composition and for him to be nominated or called to perform at regional shows, is not a surprise, but rather a blessing for Zimbabwe.
He is topping the charts and dominated social media with his latest offering “Nyasha Dzashe”.
The song has seen some of the local and regional socialites, celebrities and other musicians playing it on their TikTok accounts.
Now, that’s a real achievement.
Mlalazi has joined the likes of Nigerian superstar Burna Boy, US singer Beyonce, whose songs are topping on TikTok and now he comes with the gospel version, bringing holy grail and sanity to social media.
And don’t forget, it also helps to push and market the song, already it is being played on radio.
Still basking in glory, Mlalazi was ecstatic as he received news that he has been nominated at the oncoming Africa Arts Entertainment Awards, Bulawayo Arts Awards and Matabeleland Awards show.
In an interview with The Herald Arts, the “Ndomutevera” hit maker said 2022 was his year and it was ending for him in style.
“I am so excited and humbled at the same time that our work has been recognized,” he said.
“I appreciate the EM and Worship Therapy team led by my manager Gamu Mlalazi and our music director Nigel Nyangombe for all the hard work and support.
“I also appreciate The Vine Choir, these guys humble me with their support.”
Asked what the nominations mean to him, Mlalazi said that they reflected that in the year 2022, he was an instrument of God.
“Having been nominated for the Africa Arts Entertainment Awards, the Bulawayo Arts and the Matabeleland Awards as outstanding gospel artiste or male artist of the year, I appreciate everyone for the recognition because it also encourages us to keep working,” he said.
Mlalazi was happy with the response of his latest offering, “Nyasha Dzashe”.
“We are also excited having just released a new song called ‘Nyasha Dzashe’ which is being received well by gospel music lovers because it’s a bit out of my comfort zone which is slow to mid-tempo,” he said.
“We are wrapping up our second album which is a powerful worship album and we can’t wait for our fans to have it by the beginning of the year.”
Mlalazi said he will soon announce the next project to close the year, but hinted that it will be in Nigeria.
“Nigeria is also coming before the year ends and I am extremely excited to perform as one of the supporting acts at a gospel concert in Lagos which will feature powerful and renowned establish artistes,” he said.
“I can’t share details yet.”
On his social media pages, Mlalazi has already released a poster of a Christmas concert in Lagos featuring Nigerian songstress Sinach.
“I will shed light about the Christmas Concert in Lagos soon, but for now I want to push the song ‘Nyasha Dzashe’ and at the same time celebrate the nominations because to me it’s the greatest achievement already,” he said.