Sakhile “Skeel” Simelane is the only Christian Rap artist nominated at this year’s MTN SWAMA 2018 AWARDS. God has shown him favour this year with not just one, but TWO categories in which his craft has been recognized.
2018 has seen Skeel on the rise once again with a number of key highlights we can reflect on as followers and supporters of his craft. In January, He successfully attained the title of being the Champion of the monthly “For the Love of Hip Hop cyphers” hosted by DJ Lindz and Thembinkhosi Mthethwa that was held at Swati Radio SBIS 2 FM, a tough feat that saw him go head to head with the biggest names in Eswatini’s Hip Hop circles.
The month of February saw him successfully release his highly anticipated project, “Construction EP“. A collaborative effort produced by Master Seth and Skeel. The project features Skeel’s hit track “Uyangsebentel'” that charted to the number 1 position on the Swati Radio’s SBIS TOP 20. Later in the year he was also selected to be one of the World Vision Eswatini ambassadors in the “End the Violence against Women and Children” campaign. He also was featured in the official release of South African Gospel Artist, Bheka Mthethwa’s track: “Gelekeqe“.
This years MTN SWAMA AWARD’s sees Skeel nominated in 2 categories namely: “Best Gospel Artist” & “Best Poet/ Best Wordsmith”. Other notable names also featured include Majaha Nkonyane also nominated in “Best Poet/ Best Wordsmith” category and M Seth in the “Best Producer” category. M Seth is responsible for a large portion of the production of the “Construction EP” by Skeel. Thesselo 411 would love to commend Skeel on the hard work done as we believe he is raising the flag for Christian rappers locally but more importantly for the glory and recognition of Christ in the art circles. Our prayers are with him that God continue to protect his testimony for Christ as he continues to soar for God’s glory. #Respect.