South Africa Gospel Music News: Deborah Fraser

Deborah Fraser is a South African gospel artist. Fraser was married to Nigerian pastor, Sockey Okeke. She is a winner of the first SABC Crown Gospel Music award in the Best Female Artist category, among other awards. Debs, as she is populary known in music circles at home and in the United States of America by artists of repute, does not want to be regarded as the ''superstar''. ''People make me a superstar and treat me that way. When she released her ground-breaking debut album Abanye Bayombona, some cynics in the music industry dismissed it, saying it would not go far.It went on to become a multi-platinum seller in a year - a difficult feat for countless gospel musicians. She came to Johannesburg when singers like Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Brenda Fassie, Tshidi Leloka, Faith Kekana, Ebony, and the group Joy were dominating the musical scene. Those days women were in a powerful position to influence trends and were commanding a big following among music fans.