A young maskandi artist Lwandile Sokweba is over the moon after winning three awards in the Eastern Cape Music Awards 20 (ECMAS 20).
The awards ceremony was held at Guild Theatre in East London on Saturday 20 March.
ECMAS is an annual event that gives exposure to artists in Eastern Cape. The event is the brainchild of Koko Godlo, a renowned talent scout who has produced big names in the entertainment industry.
According to ECMAS 20 rules, each artist was allowed to submit an album released between 30 September 2017 and 30 July 2019. “So my album was eligible because it was released in May 2019,” Sokweba told City Vision. He said the awards were supposed to be held last year on December 12, but because of the lockdown the event had been postponed to this year.
Affectionately known in the music industry by the name of Xhentsakumisiwe, the maskandi performer scooped three awards – Best Maskandi Artist, Artist of The Year and Most Voted Artist. The achievements are in recognition for his 2019 album Ndize Ngokwam.
Originally from Engcobo, Eastern Cape, Sokweba, who resides in Langa, said his success showed people love his music.
“It is exciting to see people from my province supporting me the way they did,” he said. “I don’t know where to start, but I really appreciate their support. I vowed I won’t disappoint them. I’ll keep producing good music.”
Sokweba said the win came as a surprise to him. “I didn’t expect to win three awards, especially from an album that was released in 2019,” he said, bragging about successfully defending The Best Maskandi Award. “I won the award in 2019, and I defended it again. And on top of that I bagged another two more!”
He urged other young artists to stay focused and work hard to succeed.