Ghoe­mas to ri­val Gram­mys

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - METRO - AMANDA MALIBA

IT’S ALL sys­tems go for the pres­ti­gious Ghoema Mu­sic Awards which aim to cel­e­brate Mzansi’s Afrikaans mu­si­cians.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of the awards Hei­die Edel­ing says the prepa­ra­tions are un­der way for the 8th in­stal­ment of the event billed as match­ing the Grammy Awards stan­dard.

Ghoema is a Malaw­ian word for a cel­e­bra­tory drum, which has its roots in Cape Town, and Edel­ing says that’s what the awards are about: “There’s a big hype around them and we be­lieve that win­ning a Ghoema makes a huge dif­fer­ence in an artist’s life.”

Nom­i­na­tions closed on De­cem­ber 14 and the se­lec­tion process be­gins to­mor­row, fol­lowed by the of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment of the nom­i­nees.

The re­quire­ment for nom­i­na­tion was that the artist’s ma­te­rial should be at least 60% Afrikaans.”

The cer­e­mony will see 10 per­for­mances from top artists who made their mark in 2018. The event will be broad­cast live on kykNET (chan­nel 144) for the sec­ond year in a row. | Manda Maliba

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