Pame bags first Sama

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DUN­CAN VIL­LAGE’S very own Siseko Pame walked away with the Best Con­tem­po­rary Adult Al­bum Award for his al­bum Ilanga

(The Sun) at the 24th South African Mu­sic Awards (Sa­mas).

Pame ded­i­cated the award to ev­ery­one who had jour­neyed with him through life.

“It was the hap­pi­est mo­ment in my mu­sic jour­ney and it came at the time when I was an­tic­i­pat­ing my 34th birthday,” Pame said.

“I’ve never won any award for mu­sic. I’m truly hon­oured.”

Pame said he was in­tro­duced to mu­sic by his par­ents, who were also mu­si­cians.

“I grew up lis­ten­ing to these dif­fer­ent styles and gen­res of mu­sic.

“I later joined a church when I was 15 and be­came the leader of the wor­ship team,” he said.

He said it was when he started a rap group in Grade 8 that he got to learn about dif­fer­ent clas­si­cal mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, which played a role in shap­ing his ca­reer.

“The group was called Boys In Tha Hood, with three high school friends. We went to the for­mer Crescendo Mu­sic Academy, which was founded by Richard Lento, to ask for a record­ing deal.

“Mr Lento pre­sented us with an op­por­tu­nity to learn clas­si­cal in­stru­ments such as the vi­olin, cello, and vi­ola.

“The other boys later quit but I re­mained and con­tin­ued to learn un­til I was placed in lo­cal or­ches­tras,” he said.

Pame said it was at that time when doors started open­ing.

How­ever, it was when he moved to Port El­iz­a­beth to train as a stu­dent civil engineering tech­ni­cian that the dream be­came a re­al­ity.

“I met Dr Sipho Sithole in a tal­ent search com­pe­ti­tion. In 2011, Doctor Sithole asked me to come to Jo'burg to do an open­ing per­for­mance for Wanda Baloyi.

“He then signed me un­der Na­tive Rhythms.

“My plan now is to let my al­bum shine to as many peo­ple as I can reach through live per­for­mances and ap­pear­ances.

“I want to share the sto­ries with the young and old,” he said.

Pic­ture: FILE

FEEL THE RHYTHMS: Siseko Pame talks on stage at the Sa­mas af­ter re­ceiv­ing his award

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