Spikiri, Mdu Masilela & Zim Ngqawana To Be Honoured At the SAMAs

The XXI Annual SAMA awards are shining a light on South Africa’s icons and pioneers via the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards.

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The XXI Annual SAMA Awards are shining a light on South Africa’s icons and pioneers via the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Sponsored by Amstel Lager this year, the event will see to it that Kwaito icons Mandla ‘Spikiri’ Mofokeng, Mdu Masilela and late jazz artist Zim Ngqawana get the respect they have earned through their outstanding performances

Both Spikiri and Mdu bear faces that championed a crucial post Apartheid township sound that aided a fresh offshoot of a new South African identity.

Bred and brewed in the neighbourhood of Soweto, where many stars have emerged, Spikiri, has maintained a consistent career as one of South Africa’s most commercially successful founders of the kwaito genre.

Under his belt, the hitmaker boasts the emergence of such leading local artists as Bongo Maffin, Kabelo, Teargas and legendary kwaito group Trompies.

It doesn’t stop there.

Biggest acts in the industry such as Mafikizolo, Boom Shaka, B.O.P, Mahoota vs. Vetkuk, Uhuru and many others belong to production company Kalawa Jazzmee for which he is the co-director.

Known to many as the Godfather of Kwaito music, Mdu Masilela has garnered respect in the industry through the decades for not only being the first artists to propel kwaito from being an alternative sound to being one of South Africa’s biggest productions.

In their recent press release, the SAMAs decribe Zim as “a man of integrity and without compromise, both musically and ideologically.”

The jazz artist, who passed in 2011 at the age of 51 after a distinguished career in a jazz, already boasts possession of 5 SAMA awards.

The SAMAs take place on the 19th of April at Sun City.

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