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West Ink apologises for Samas "outburst"

2017-05-30 18:00

-TheJuice

Babes Wodumo, Mampintsha (Photo: Gallo Images)

Johannesburg – It’s safe to say Babes Wodumo was not happy after walking away empty-handed from the 23rd Sama awards on Saturday. 

The star, along with Mampintsha, posted a video on Instagram after the award show in which she expressed her disappointment in not winning an award. The video has since been removed from her account, and on Monday West Ink Records released a statement to the press on their own Instagram account apologising for the incident. 

“As the youth owned and young label we appreciate the fact that one of our artists, Babes Wodumo, was nominated four categories and Distribution Boyz for one category. Our participation in this competition, and subsequent appearances to perform was mainly due to the respect and appreciation of our support from all corners of this country and abroad (sic),” the statement read. 

It went on to say, “As West Ink, we believe in the quality of our product as opposed to whether or not we win South African based awards. Our product speaks for themselves, thus winning any awards is not a major indication of our success (sic).” 

West Ink then apologised for the outburst by Babes and Mampintsha. “We therefore wish to apologize to all our supporters and society in general for the outburst by some of us soon after the SAMAs ceremony. This unfortunate situation was due to a number of calls we were receiving from thousands of music lovers that were disappointed about outcomes of the ceremony (sic).” 

Read the full statement here:

29 May 2017 To: All Media Att: Entertainment Editors and Reporters WESTINK STATEMENT ON SAMA OUTCOMES The WestInk Records has noted outcomes of the South African Music Awards held at Sun City this past Saturday. As the youth owned and young label we appreciate the fact that one of our artists, Babes Wodumo, was nominated four categories and Distruction Boyz for one catogory. Our participation in this competition, and subsequent appearances to perform was mainly due to the respect and appreciation of our support from all corners of this country and abroad. We wish to thank all people that continue to support us in building a strong independent music label. This support is a clear affirmation of the country's effort to ensure radical transformation of all sectors of the society, including creative industry that is dominated by big corporations that are shipping profits outside the country. As West Ink, we believe in the quality of our product as opposed to whether or not we win South African based awards. Our products speak for themselves, thus winning any award is not a major indication of our success. The fact that we continue to enjoy support from ordinary people is an even bigger award for us. We therefore wish to apologize to all our supporters and society in general for the outburst by some of us soon after the SAMAs ceremony. This unfortunate situation was due to a number of calls we were receiving from thousands of music lovers that were disappointed about outcomes of the ceremony. We appeal to the general public to accept our apology as we are still trying to grow as young people. This mistake was no means intended at casting aspersions to organizers and judges of this event. Furthermore we were in no way or whatsoever trying to undermine any of the winners. We wish to congratulate all those that those that won at the awards ceremony. West Ink is flattered by the recognition of Babes by The Sunday Times as the Coolest Local Celebrity, Feather Awards 2016 for Musician of the year, Sowetan's Sexiest Female and SABC's top 10 Summer Song. We are further humbled by the BET Awards nomination as Best International Artist Africa. The BET nomination

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