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