The wait is almost over! The inaugural Amapiano awards will be taking place on October 23 and the hilarious and talented Moshe Ndiki will be the main host for the event.
Hosting alongside Moshe Ndiki at the Sandton Convention Centre is Prince Kaybee’s ex girlfriend and speculated baby mama Zola Ayabulela Mhlongo, comedian and YouTuber Robot Boii, and hosting the red carpet is Zanele Potelwa. Performances will be from Kamo Mphela, Boohle, Nhlanhla Nciza, Daliwonga, Nokwazi and many others.
Tipping her hat off to the organisation, the expectant mom took to social media to praise the ceremony and it’s organisers. “Super proud to announce that I will be one of the hosts for the FIRST EVER AMAPIANO AWARDS @official_saapa . I am honored to be part of such an event that is celebrating AMAPIANO which is a revolutionary genre that has not only taken SA by storm but it’s become worldly. A HUGE congratulations to all the nominees… it’s going to be a night to remember.”
The award’s organisers released a statement revealing why they decided to do this for the artists:
“What somewhat started as an “underdog’s sound” has now gone on to find itself at the forefront of music culture not only in Mzansi but the rest of the continent – and the world. It therefore came as a shock to many when categories in the prominent award ceremonies in the country were not dominated by Amapiano artists – despite the yanos leading in terms of fan base and numbers on social media.
“Launched right in the midst of a pandemic when artists are being told that they can’t work. The awards show is by the people for the people and winners are voted for the people themselves. Voters can win up to 100 000 worth of prized for voting for their favourite nominees. Artists will win 10 000 cash or each winning category while song of the year will win a cash prize of 50 000 rands,” concluded the statement.
You can look forward to the categories listed below:
– Best Amapiano Street Dancer
– Best Amapiano Music Video
– Best Amapiano Newcomer
– Friends of Amapiano
– Most Viral Amapiano Song Of The Year
– Best Amapiano Dance Act
– Best Amapiano Live Vocal Performance
– Best Amapiano Lyricist
– Best Amapiano Vocalist
– Best Amapiano Collaboration
– Best Amapiano Music Producer
– Best Amapiano Produced Song
– Best Amapiano Duo or Group
– Best Amapiano Female DJ/Act
– Best Amapiano Male DJ/Act
– Amapiano Album Of The Year
– Best Female Amapiano Artist
– Best Male Amapiano Artist
– Amapiano Artist Of The Year
– Amapiano Song Of The Year
The list of nominees can be viewed here.
The award organisers pledged to help the families of the late Amapiano stars Mpura and Killer Kau, give them dignified send offs. “In paying tribute to the two heroes (Killer Kau and Mpura) that have contributed immensely within the entertainment industry and as part of our efforts to promote and preserve the rich legacy that they crafted, Amapiano Awards are in conversations with financial services companies to create a facility that will assist in ensuring that our artists receive funeral cover and disability benefits,” the statement reads.
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