Mandintja wins top award

2016-05-11 06:00
MANDINTJA LESESA, the 2016 best hip-hop winner of the South African Upcoming Music Award (Sauma) seen here lifting the trophy during the awards ceremony held in theJohannesburg Theatre.

MANDINTJA LESESA, the 2016 best hip-hop winner of the South African Upcoming Music Award (Sauma) seen here lifting the trophy during the awards ceremony held in theJohannesburg Theatre.

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QWAQWA. – Mandintja Lesesa (26) is on cloud nine following her recent achievement of winning the 2016 best hip-hop artist award at the South African Upcoming Music Award (Sauma).

The hip-hop artist, who hails from the dusty streets of the Boiketlo Village in Qwaqwa, has done it against all odds, beating other artists from nine provinces in South Africa at the event held at the Johannesburg Theatre on 30 April.

Kaycee de West, as she is popularly known in the music industry, has made the Free State proud, but specifically Qwaqwa. She won herself a nice trophy for her trophy cabinet and the ambitious vocal artist is aiming high.

She has apparently left many people who had attended the event scratching their heads with her top-notch performance with her “Ha bashwe” song that translates as “Let them die”.

Kaycee, who has established an entertainment production company that currently has ten local artists, said she was over the moon as she had never expected to win the award with her first attempt. She said she would like to thank all people in the Free Sate who had voted for her.

“I am the winner today because of the people who voted for me and I want to thank them,” she said.

Kaycee is not only a hip-hop person, but has also studied Primary Agriculture at the Maluti Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College in Qwa-qwa.

She said the contest had been very tough and she could not believe her ears when she had been called to the podium to get her award. “Walking on the red carpet to accept the award was like a dream to me. But as the saying goes, good things come to those who work hard. I think I deserved it,” she said.

Although she acknowledged the competitiveness of those taking part in the contest she was critical of some of the contestants.

“I had an opportunity to watch them perform and I can tell you that their performance fell short of what one would expect at this level.

“It seemed as if they did not practise enough before going on to the stage.

“It took me a month to work on my performance and I was not shocked when people stood up to sing with me,” she said.

Kaycee said she would like to thank everyone who had played a pivotal role in her achievement.


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