Stars to rock debut awards ceremony

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Mohalenyane Phakela

ALL roads will lead to the first ever Ultimate Music Awards set to take place at Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village on Saturday.

The awards ceremony, which will henceforth be held on an annual basis, is meant to appreciate the efforts of local musicians despite the odds staked against them and lift their spirits.

The red carpet event is segmented into 11 categories namely; Best Kwaito Album, Best Gospel, Best Compilation, Best RnB, Best Jazz, Best Dance, Best Hip Hop, Best Music Video, Best Newcomer, Best Producer and Song of the year categories.

Since the announcement of the awards ceremony earlier this year, many local artists made their way to the Ultimate studios to register. However, the list had to be cut down to 61 finalists from which only 11 will walk away M5 000 richer with other prizes in store for nominees.

The inaugural awards ceremony will feature a number of South African entertainment heavyweights such as Durban’s DJ Tira and Fisherman, Dr Malinga, Joe Nina, Bonolo alongside Tšepo Tšola. Local Afro-jazz star Bhudaza and Lesotho-born songstress Maleh are also billed in the lineup meant to cater for different age groups and social classes.

Dr Malinga, who is set to make his debut appearance in Lesotho, will be “kicking” fans away with his unique and popular dance moves. The Kung Fu styles he incorporates in his dance routine as well as colourful suits made him have endeared him to fans who marvel at the energy and presence he brings to the stage.

He shot to fame in 2011 with his hit single Jika before being featured on club anthem Via Orlando’s remix.

Apart from his dance moves, Dr Malinga’s deep voice has also made him a household name.

Entertainment outfit Afrotainment’s founder, DJ Tira, has been to Lesotho a number of times. This time around, he will be bringing his “partner in crime”, deejay and producer, Fisherman, who will be making his debut performance in Lesotho.

 

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