EXCLUSIVE: Special Samas for Kellerman, Ngqawana, Spikiri and Mdu

2015-03-30 12:20

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With just over two weeks to go to the 21st annual South African Music Awards, it has been confirmed to City Press that Wouter Kellerman, Zim Ngqawana, Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng and Mdu Masilela will be recipients of special achievement awards.

Pioneers of Kwaito Mdu “Chomi ya Bana” Masilela and “The King Don Father” Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng will be honoured with lifetime achievement awards for their contribution to the local music industry.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Awards, which are sponsored by Amstel Lager, will also honour late jazzman Ngqawana.

World-renowned flautist Kellerman will receive an international achievement award for his 2014 Grammy-winning, chart-topping Winds of Samsara.

Spikiri has been the talent behind hits for the likes of Bongo Maffin, Kabelo and Teargas, as well his own group Trompies (of which he was a founder member). It all started when, as part of the disco duo MM Deluxe with good friend Mdu Masilela in the late 1980s, they introduced what came to be known as the kwaito of today.

As a co-director at the Kalawa Jazzme label, he has overseen the careers of acts such as Mafikizolo, Uhuru, Black Motion, Boom Shaka, Brothers of Peace and Mahoota vs Vetkuk, and has also worked with jazz artists such as Don Laka, Moses Molelekwa and Hugh Masekela. Mdu’s 25-year-long career has seen him release numerous albums and some of South Africa’s iconic hits such as Chomi Ya Bana and Mazola.

“Spikiri, Mdu, Zim and Wouter have done the South African music industry proud over the years. They have helped ensure that we do not remain complacent and stagnant in our music comfort zones, but instead challenge, break new ground and chart new territory in our country’s musical evolution. The South African Music Awards salute these heroes,” added Mika Chauke, head of communications and stakeholder relations for the XXI Annual South African Music Awards.

The XXI South African Music Awards will take place at the Sun City Superbowl on April 19, and will be broadcast live on SABC1 at 8.30pm.

Visit www.samusicawards.co.za for the full list of nominees.

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