It was a night of glitz and glamour with a touch of tradition as the winners of the South African Traditional Music Awards were announced.
The popular awards ceremony took place on Saturday, 27 November at the capital city of Mpumalanga, Mbombela and was hosted by media personalities Tsholofelo Maseko and Mduduzi Ntuli.
The red carpet was rolled out and Mzansi A-listers came out in their numbers.
Mlungisi Mathe, Kea Leburu, Lesley Musina, Gusheshe Mahlangu and Tshepo Senatle from Skeem Saam were in attendance.
Leading the pack at this year’s awards was KZN-born duo, the Qwabe Twins, who took home the awards for best Traditional House Music Song and Best Female Artist/Group. Ntombhi Ya Mutsonga won the best Praise Singer award.
Award-winning maskandi artist Khuzani Mpungose was awarded with a special honorary award for his immense contribution to the growth of traditional music. Other winners included Aus Tebza who took home the award for Best African Jazz Artist, Sgwebo Sentambo who took home the award for Best Maskandi Artist and Ngezekakaramba who took home the award for Best Ndebele Group.
Tswana music group Nomtiti 8 won in the category of Best Traditional Music Artist/Group of the Year. At the awards, which were held at the prestigious Premier Hotel, there were electrifying performances by Kelly Khumalo, Ntencane and amapiano duo Reece Madlisa and Zuma.
Speaking to Daily Sun, Khuzani said he is grateful to be honoured while he’s still alive.
“I’m overjoyed, because such honours encourage one to work even harder. I’m truly speechless, but one thing that makes me happy is I’m being honoured while I’m still alive, as I believe receiving such awards posthumously would be in vain.” Aus Tebza told SunBuzz she is elated.
“This award is more than just a win. It means a new horizon, a new dawn because for me I believe it is time for women to have a seat at the table, to be on stage, behind the scenes and in production. I dedicate this award to all the women who came before me, and those who are currently holding it down.”
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