HHP, TKZee and Mango Groove to be honoured with Lifetime Achievement Awards at Samas 2019

HHP (Photo: Getty/Gallo)
HHP (Photo: Getty/Gallo)

Johannesburg – The South African Music Awards will bestow prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards to late hip-hop star HHP, kwaito legends TKZee and the acclaimed 90s group Mango Groove on 31 May and 1 June in Sun City. 

HHP - who died last year - will be remembered for the critical role he played in making Motswako a force to be reckoned with. His career is punctuated with a series of firsts, including being one of the first artists to make rapping over a kwaito beat popular as well as being the first hip hop artist to have multiple successful sync deals.

Jabba will also be remembered as the host of the 2015 Samas, and for the mentor role, he played to many artists. He is undeniably one of the most significant forces in South African music and a shapeshifter.

The trailblazing Mango Groove was started in 1984 with their unique brand of music fusing marabi and kwela. Their hits Special Star, Another Country and Moments Away, to name a few, became anthems that sealed their position as the emblematic rainbow nation for being multi-ethnic at a time of apartheid.

The talented frontwoman Claire Johnston backed by an equally talented band that included the late trumpet great Banza Kgasoane became national treasures and faces of the national reconciliation and social cohesion project.

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TKZee were the poster boys of cool in the 1990s as they pioneered a sound so unique in the process rewriting South Africa’s music history books by becoming the biggest selling kwaito group. The three-piece boy band of Kabelo Mabalane, Zwai Bala and Tokollo Tshabalala gave local audiences classics such as Palalafala and Shibobo.

In 1999 TKZee experienced their biggest night at the Samas when they scooped five awards including Best Duo/Group and Best Kwaito Album, a record they held onto for years.


The 2019 Sama ceremonies will take place on 31 May and 1 June in Sun City, North West province. 

It will be broadcast live on 1 June on SABC1 at 20:00. 

Tickets to the show are available at Ticket Pro for R415.

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