In­au­gu­ral awards show de­fies odds

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

THE in­au­gu­ral Ul­ti­mate Mu­sic Awards, held at Thaba Bo­siu Cul­tural Vil­lage on Satur­day, passed off seam­lessly with­out the glitches nor­mally as­so­ci­ated with fledg­ling events.

De­spite the rain con­stantly threat­en­ing to scup­per the event, the awards cer­e­mony de­fied the odds and went on till morn­ing, with rev­el­ers re­luc­tantly leav­ing at around 6am.

Speak­ing at the gala event, Ul­ti­mate FM Di­rec­tor, Ma­batho Lithebe, said the main idea be­hind the awards cer­e­mony was to ap­pre­ci­ate the ef­forts of lo­cal mu­si­cians.

“I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank every­body who made this night a suc­cess,” said Lithebe.

“When we first sat down and planned this event, it felt like a far­fetched dream.

“Our in­ten­tion is to up­lift the spir­its of lo­cal artists who have worked so hard to en­ter­tain the na­tion even though the in­dus­try does not pay them as much their ef­forts de­serve.”

The red-car­pet event por­trayed, for the first time, the glitz and glam of the lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment scene. It had all the mak­ings of a glam­ourous event with el­e­gant mod­els lined on the red-car­pet to usher guests to their seats.

Seg­mented into 11 cat­e­gories, the Best Kwaito Al­bum went to Lavida Loca, Best Gospel, Khotso Nt­lama, Best Com­pi­la­tion, Sir Sch­aba, Best RNB, Sphiwe Nz­ima, Best Jazz, Lele Kha­sue, Best Dance, Phakzino, Best Hip Hop, Ju­vinile, Best New­comer, Sir Sch­aba, Best Pro­ducer, DJ Slats and Song of the Year to Paul Le­wake.

The nom­i­nees put up out­stand­ing per­for­mances dur­ing the cer­e­mony, with the trib­ute to the late Ul­ti­mate FM pre­sen­ter, Miss P, stand­ing out. En­ti­tled Miss­ing You, the song is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween a num­ber of rap­pers and vo­cal­ist Lebo.

To­wards the early hours of Sun­day, DJ Mekonko and Bhu­daza col­lab­o­rated with the Jazz mu­si­cian on his sax­o­phone while the disc spin­ner played his House set, much to the de­light of the sur­prised crowd.

DR Malinga per­forms at the Ul­ti­mate Mu­sic Awards at Thaba Bo­siu Cul­tural Vil­lage on Satur­day.

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