Sbu to host awards

The Sunday Independent - - METRO - AMANDA MALIBA

THE road to the third an­nual Mzansi Kwaito and House Mu­sic Awards has been marred by con­tro­versy and boy­cotts due to the or­gan­iser’s de­ci­sion to in­clude Brickz, who was con­victed of rape, at the nom­i­na­tions cer­e­mony in Au­gust.

On Fri­day, the awards ex­pe­ri­enced some cel­e­bra­tion as they an­nounced mu­sic guru and en­tre­pre­neur DJ Sbu, as the new host of the awards af­ter Zola 7 pulled out as host for the night.

DJ Sbu was ex­cited to as­sume the po­si­tion and sup­port the awards as the genre kwaito has played a big role in his life.

“For me, it is an hon­our to host these awards be­cause kwaito is a life I have lived all my life. It is part of my story and part of ev­ery­thing I have ever done. Look, kwaito changed my life; it in­tro­duced me to the mu­sic in­dus­try, TV and ra­dio and be­cause of it, I now write books.

“So now be­ing af­forded the op­por­tu­nity to host these awards is quite an hon­our. I am look­ing for­ward to the 24th of Novem­ber.”

DJ Sbu dis­puted the ris­ing be­lief that kwaito is a dead genre.

“Cassper Ny­ovest, Riky Rick and K.O. rap kwaito. We still have gqom and Afro-pop which are both rep­re­sen­ta­tions of kwaito.

“The re­spon­si­bil­ity lies with us as artists to be vo­cal about our genre. I feel that we need to have some­thing that we are proud of and that is our own. Just like Nigerians who are do­ing very well across the world be­cause they sell who they are.

“We need to punt and ex­press our­selves more in who we are, and that is kwaito. Kwaito is a sound that is au­then­ti­cally South African. It con­nects me to peo­ple a n d ev­ery­thing I have been able to build is on top of the kwaito foun­da­tion. So any­thing that has to do with kwaito has my full sup­port and my heart is so close to it.’’

DJ Sbu re­cently re­leased a sin­gle called Beau­ti­ful

fea­tur­ing Por­tia Monique, which is be­ing well re­ceived by mu­sic lovers.

“I have also part­nered with Mzekezeke and we are launch­ing a la­bel soon called Mzekezeke Mu­sic where we will re­lease more mu­sic and more kwaito,” he added.

We need to punt and ex­press our­selves more in who we are, and that is kwaito. Kwaito is a sound that is au­then­ti­cally South African. DJ SBU Mu­sic guru and en­tre­pre­neur

| Matthews Baloyi African News Agency (ANA)

DJ Sbu will be pre­sent­ing the Mzansi Kwaito Awards.

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