South African Popular Music Awards will honour late legends – Lebo Mathosa, Jabu Khanyile & more

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South African Music Awards (SAPMA) committee will look back a decade ago to celebrate black excellence, legacy and South African heritage in music in their 1st annual SAPMA’s.
South African Music Awards (SAPMA) committee will look back a decade ago to celebrate black excellence, legacy and South African heritage in music in their 1st annual SAPMA’s.
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They are new on the block and have decided to make their presence felt by celebrating legends.

The new South African Popular Music Awards (SAPMA) committee will be looking back with a celebration of black excellence, legacy and South African heritage in music in their 1st annual SAPMA’s.

“The aim of the 1st annual awards ceremony is to celebrate 10 years of great and popular music. Music that still speaks to our people and will continue to speak for the voiceless, while shaping our cultural identity as a nation,” SAPMAs Head of Communications, Mathawe Matsapola says.

The new awards will see legendary musicians such as ‘Princess of Africa’ Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Vusi Leeuw, Morris Roda, Mahotella Queens and Ihashe Elimhlophe being honoured with lifetime achievement awards in a night of legends gala dinner set to take place on 24 July.

The awards will also pay homage to late music icons such as the ‘I love Music’ hit-maker Lebo Mathosa, Jabu Khanyile, Nana Cayote and Stompie Mavi.

“They might be gone but their footprint in music will remain,” Mathawe says. 

The awards are set to recognise Africa’s popular music genres – afro, hip-hop, Mbaqanga/Maskandi, Gospel, and amapiano/gqom/kwaito.

The SAPMA Categories are as follows

AFRO CATEGORIES 

-Best SAPMA Artist of the Decade

-Best  SAPMA Album of the Decade 

-Best SAPMA Afro Duo/ Group of the Decade 

-Best SAPMA Popular Afro Song of the Decade

 SAPMA GOSPEL CATEGORIES

-Best SAPMA Gospel Artist of the Decade

-Best SAPMA Female Gospel Artist of the Decade

-Best SAPMA Male Gospel Artist of the Decade

-Best SAPMA Popular Gospel Song of the Decade

 SAPMA MBAQANGA/MASKANDI CATEGORIES

-Best SAPMA Artist of the Decade  

-Best SAPMA Female Artist of the Decade  

-Best SAPMA Male Artist of the Decade 

-Best SAPMA Popular Maskandi/Mbaqanga Song of the Decade

 SAPMA HIP HOP CATEGORIES

-Best SAPMA Hip Hop Artist of the Decade

-Best SAPMA Female Hip Hop Artist of the Decade

-Best SAPMA Hip Hop Artist of the Decade 

-Best SAPMA Popular Hip Hop Song of the Decade

 SAPMA KWAITO/GQOM/AMAPIANO CATEGORIES

-Best SAPMA Male Artist of the Decade

-Best SAPMA Female Artist of the Decade

-Best SAPMA Collaboration of the Decade

-Best SAPMA Popular Dance Song of the Decade 

 SPECIAL AWARDS

-SAPMA Chairman’s Award 

-SAPMA Social Leadership Award 

-SAPMA Lifetime Achievement Award

-SAPMA Special Legend Award 

-Best SAPMA Gospel Radio Show 

-Best SAPMA Traditional Music Radio Show  

 CATEGORIES VOTED FOR BY PUBLIC:

-Best SAPMA Popular Afro Song of the Decade

-Best SAPMA Popular Gospel Song of the Decade

-Best SAPMA Popular Maskandi/Mbaqanga Song of the Decade

- Best SAPMA Hip Hop Artist of the Decade 

-Best SAPMA Popular Dance Song of the

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