No cash prize for Ul­ti­mate awards

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

THE Ul­ti­mate FM Mu­sic Awards prize giv­ing cer­e­mony held yes­ter­day was marred by the out­cry of the win­ning artistes after the ra­dio sta­tion could only de­liver the stu­dio equip­ment with­out the M5 000 prize money they had promised.

The in­au­gu­ral Ul­ti­mate FM Mu­sic awards were held at Thaba-bo­siu Cul­tural Vil­lage early this month, with the prize giv­ing cer­e­mony for the win­ners held at Maseru Sun Ca­banas yes­ter­day. The premise of the awards, which were seg­mented into 11 cat­e­gories, was to ap­pre­ci­ate the ef­forts of lo­cal mu­si­cians.

Win­ners in­cluded Lavida Loca for the Best Kwaito Al­bum, Best Gospel, Makoanyane Nt­lama; Best Video, Du­namis; 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.

Apart from the stu­dio equip­ment, the win­ners had ini­tially been promised M5 000 each which did not ma­te­ri­alise at the cer­e­mony, much to their cha­grin.

Those who spoke to the Week­ender ex­pressed dis­ap­pointed that the mon­e­tary prize had been with­drawn with­out warn­ing de­spite Ul­ti­mate FM’S un­der­tak­ing to give it to the win­ners.

The be­mused artistes said, while they were grate­ful for the equip­ment, they would find it dif­fi­cult to trust the sta­tion in the fu­ture as the cash with­drawal had “left a bad first im­pres­sion”.

On his part, Ul­ti­mate FM’S Dal­las T claimed they opted not to give the artistes the money be­cause they feared that some of them may “mis­use it”.

Speak­ing at the prize giv­ing cer­e­mony, Ul­ti­mate FM Di­rec­tor, ‘Ma­batho Lithebe, said: “I be­come very emo­tional when talk­ing about lo­cal artists hav­ing seen how they are abused, un­der­mined and op­pressed.

“Ul­ti­mate FM, to­gether with the spon­sors, went out of its way to show a to­ken of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the ef­forts of lo­cal artists and I hope th­ese awards will up­lift their spir­its.

“It was not easy at the prepa­ra­tion stage, just like a mother be­fore birth, but now I am proud to say that this baby has been born in a healthy con­di­tion.”

Some of the spon­sors also lauded Ul­ti­mate FM for the ini­tia­tive, say­ing it was an op­por­tu­nity for them to give back to the com­mu­nity and up­lift the coun­try which is teem­ing with tal­ent.

They fur­ther urged the awards show or­gan­is­ers to ap­proach be­fore­hand so they have time to pre­pare.

One of the win­ning artists, Sphiwe Nz­ima, ex­pressed grat­i­tude on be­half of her col­leagues.

“On be­half of my fel­low brethren, I would like to thank Ul­ti­mate FM and its as­so­ciate spon­sors for the hard work, sweat, tears, re­sis­tance, hos­til­ity and un­friend­li­ness they en­dured,” Nz­ima said.

“They gave our craft a face and value in the midst of ad­ver­sity, and hon­oured us by giv­ing us stature re­gard­less of how de­mean­ing or im­prac­ti­cal oth­ers feel it to be.”

dou­ble award win­ner Sir Sch­aba (left) re­ceives his prizes from ul­ti­mate FM di­rec­tor ‘Ma­batho Lithebe (right) and di­rec­tor gen­eral in the Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Mot­latsi Monyane (cen­tre).

Some of the ul­ti­mate FM Mu­sic Awards win­ners with the stu­dio equip­ment.

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