South Africa, brace yourself for yet another set of awards.
The kwaito genre too will finally have awards of its own.
King of kwaito Arthur “Vuvuzela” Mafokate has decided to honour artists who continue to ensure that kwaito music remains in the limelight.
Mafokate says he will be staging the inaugural Kwaito Music Awards in December.
He says the idea of having Kwaito Music Awards was born a few years ago.
“I couldn’t do it because I was still actively involved in the music industry,” Mafokate says.
“… but we’ll also honour hip-hop and local house music”
“We must award the artists for making sure that kwaito doesn’t die.
“The idea is to promote the culture of kwaito. Remember that kwaito is a way of life in township.”
Kwaito music was born in the ’90s when young artists sang to protest against social ills.
Out of kwaito music a couple of independent record labels were born – the likes of Arthur’s 999 Music, Kalawa Jazmee, Ghetto Ruff, TS Records and lately Wheels of Steel and DJ Tira Afrotainment.
Business people were made and kwaito superstars were born.
There will be 15 categories in awards. Mafokate says: “Unlike other awards, the Kwaito Awards will be decided by voters and they will be audited.”
He says the venue and dates for the awards ceremony will be announced at the launch of the awards this week.
“The details will be revealed at the launch because we are still deciding.”
Mafokate says they are not expecting a huge response because this will be the first time they host the awards.
“We’ll have incentives that will accompany every statuette. I know many people will think that we’ll be honouring kwaito musicians only, but we’ll also honour hip-hop and local house music.”
The awards will be joining a host of local awards such as the Metro and Samas .
- Article Originally Published in the Sundayworld(SA).