In­dus­try heavy­weights get recog­ni­tion

Awards for Ngema, Kekana, Spokes H

Sowetan - - News - By Pa­tience Bam­balele

Theatre guru and mu­si­cian Mbon­geni Ngema will be awarded a Life­time Achieve­ment award dur­ing the South African Mu­sic Awards (Sa­mas).

Ngema will be hon­oured along­side Steve Kekana and the late Spokes H, while In­dian mu­sic singer Shashika Mooruth will re­ceive an In­ter­na­tional Achiever award.

Ngema started his ca­reer as a theatre back­ing gui­tarist. He has pro­duced suc­cess­ful productions like Sara­fina!, Woza Al­bert, Asi­na­mali and Magic at 4am.

His great­est mu­si­cal hit, Stimela Sase Zola, be­came a national an­them in the 1990s.

While Spokes H, or Le­t­ona Hlatshwayo, be­came a house­hold name in the 1980s with hit songs such as Tama­ti­sous, Rabaki and Peace Ma­gents, he is re­mem­bered for his ir­rev­er­ent and com­i­cal lyrics. He died of di­a­betes com­plica- tions in 2013.

Kekana has re­leased more than 40 al­bums fea­tur­ing chart top­pers like Feel So Strong (fea­tur­ing Hot­line).

Kekana is a lec­turer in labour law at Unisa.

Risa CEO Nh­lanhla Sibisi said in a state­ment: “We salute this year’s re­cip­i­ents of the Life­time Achieve­ment award. Their ster­ling ca­reers will not go un­no­ticed. These ac­co­lades are re­minders of how they con­trib­uted to the mu­sic in­dus­try.”

Sa­mas take place on June 2 at Sun City, North West.

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