Gqulu spoke to Bona about her nomination in the Most Gifted Dance category and what it meant to her.
“This is probably my biggest achievement this year. Along with being named in the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans. The acts I’m nominated with are Africa’s biggest at the moment and they’ve all broken records of some sort. The nomination is an encouragement to me to keep pushing – it assures me that I’m doing well in a cut-throat industry,” she explained.
She explained that she feels this year has seen her rise in the industry and her fan base grow.
“I definitely feel like I’ve progressed. I feel like I became a familiar voice in 2012 but I became a familiar face in 2014. People are starting to understand the kind of artist I am and what to expect from me. And it feels good to be endeared. It’s a part of why artists do what we do,” she told Bona.
She adds that she felt as an up and coming artist, it was an honour to be nominated alongside some of the industry greats.
“To be honest, I feel like I’ve won already. To be rated with Davido, Beatenberg, UHURU and P-Square? That’s a win for any upcoming artist,” she said.
Channel O Africa Music Video Awards will take place on Saturday, 29 November at the Naserec Expo Centre in Soweto.