Chaka Nyathando, also known as Pompi, grabbed an award at the Africa Gospel Music Media Awards (AGMMA), which took place at the main Auditorium, East London Arts and Music (ELAM) on the 2nd of June 2018.
The gospel sensation managed to beat a number of well renowned African stars such as Suffix of Malawi, TB1 OF Nigeria, Courtney Antipas of Zimbabwe, Kingzkid of Ghana, Coopy Bly of Unganda, and many others in the Afro pop Artist Excellence in Southern Africa.
Pompi scooped the trophy in the categories of Best Artist of Excellence Afro Rap Artist which he ties with Limo Blaze from Nigeria.
In an interview with Lusaka Star, Pompi said his focus was not to win awards but to communicate and share the message of the gospel.
“Awards come fantastic, they will always be welcome and I will be happy for them, winning awards is definitely a motivation but that would not stop me from preaching and working equally as hard as possible if i did not win,” he said.
Pompi is one of the few artistes who have put down all their academic qualifications to pursue music full-time and has no regret in the shift because he finds joy in ministering to the world through his music.
“I believe people do not look for a job instead are born with a job because God creates you in purpose…I chose to focus on my God given assignment rather than the one that man has qualified me,” he explained.
Despite the word on social media that the ‘Become’ singer’s award was already secured for him even before he was announced winner, Pompi alluded that his preoccupation was making music and the fans vote for what they like and in this case they voted for him.
“A good joke spreads itself, so I think the same with music, good music spreads itself.
“I do not focus too much on the marketing like an award show saying ‘vote for me’, I would rather the music speaks on my behalf and people will vote because they want to vote,” he added.
He further advised his fellow artistes to work towards delivering music that inspires people and not for the fame or winning awards.
“It is known that an artiste is motivated by awards, but awards and being famous should not be the central focus of an artiste instead the message they are trying to send.”
Long side Pompi was Able Chungu Musuka, who was nominated in the best Male Artiste of Excellence, the position which was scooped by a Ghanaian Joe Mettle.