BULAWAYO – Award-winning Zimbabwean gospel musician Lorraine Maplanka Stot this week said some artists in the genre were losing essence because they were in it to seek instant fame.
Speaking about her two Bulawayo Arts Awards nominations, Stot said there was need to do things for the right reasons.
“Do what you do for the right reasons. The gospel industry has become a place of fame, celebrity tendencies and entertainment,” said Stot.
“We have lost the core of why we even call ourselves gospel artists. As for me this is ministry first because I love singing for the Lord. I however, need to survive from it because this is my God-given gift, so I mustn’t be taken advantage of.”
The fast-rising gospel artist, who sings in the group Women of Valour, with the assistance of her husband, Blessing Stot, was nominated in the Outstanding Female Artist category and Outstanding song of the year for her song titled Bekezela.
“I’m excited, humbled and honoured by the nomination. It shows that we are doing something right and I expect that the best men and women to win.”
“People are going through unspeakable things, it could be in families, at work, in marriage, financially. This song speaks to any situation to remind us to face life head on, regardless of what we go through, we have to press on. Long suffering and endurance are a necessity in life. Gal.5.22 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,” even the Bible states that,” Stot explained her song Bekezela.
The Bulawayo Arts Awards are slated for June 29 in the city of Kings this year.
Lorraine’s song, Bekezela is going head-to-head with Edunandini by Zinjaziyamluma, Bambelela by Novuyo Seagirl, Banjalo Abantu by Cal_vin and Ethandweni by Makhosi.
Maplanka Stot, known for her passion to see women prosper in gospel music through her Women of Valour, has been awarded several awards which include BAA Outstanding gospel artist in 2017, Skyz Metro Fm Female artist of the year in 2017 and has in the past performed with several artists such as Zaza and Avis from South Africa among others.
She continues to promise worshipers more as she said, “I’m working on another single which I hope will be out soon and we did a live recording for Women of Valour , we hope to release by year end.”
She is currently working on her second project, Collaborations in worship.