The inaugural Film, Arts, Music and Entertainment SA Awards got off to a shaky but good start at the University of Limpopo in Polokwane this weekend.
The glaring technical glitches – including wrong slides being shown on the screens and poor sound quality – that marred what could have been a great event, did not take away from the noble idea of honouring Limpopo’s own stars.
With two nominations in the best actress and best entertainer categories, popular actress Rami Chuene was thrilled to be at home. Dressed in a Thula Sindi creation, the former Muvhango actress told City Press that it was “good to be home”, and that the awards were “a start of bigger things to come” from the province.
Limpopo fans came out in numbers to witness the event that honoured the province’s sons and daughters in more than 25 entertainment categories. There were loud screams and cheers as Muvhango and Skeem Saam actors made their way into the hall.
In a sad twist to the event attended by deputy premier of the province, Joyce Matshoge, and SABC group spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago, one of the nominees and eventual winner, Regalo (real name Mpho Gangashe) was reported to have died in a car accident alongside his mother earlier in the day. The gospel singer was on his way to the awards ceremony.
The announcement was made by the CEO of the awards, Matodzi Makananisa, who asked the guests to observe a moment of silence for the gospel artist just before the award ceremony got underway.
Two of the province’s legends Steve Kekana and Lydia Mokgokolosho were each recognised with the Legends’ Audience Award for their sterling contribution in music and television, respectively. The two legends got the biggest applause when each made their way to the stage.
Other big winners included audience favourite, Skeem Saam’s Clement Maosa, who got the Best Male Actor award and Rami Chuene who took home the Best Female Actress award. Best Female Artist was awarded to Candy TsaMandebele and the award for Best Male Artist went to Regalo, who passed away before accepting his first award.
Many of the province’s stars, including Chymamusique, Candy Tsa Mandebele, Hip Hop Stars Mizo Phyll and Mopedy, Winnie Mashaba, and Colbert Mukwevho performed at the event.
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