Loyiso Bala ecstatic over SAMA win
Loyiso Bala (The Juice)
Johannesburg - It's been five years since he last won a South African Music Award, but when Kwaito/RnB-turned-gospel star, Loyiso Bala, received the accolade for Best Contemporary Faith Album at this year's SAMAs, he says it was the most surreal feeling in the world.
"My first award was back in 1999. It's been a long time. You start to think that maybe they'll give the newer guys a chance. But when I heard my name called out, it was literally the greatest feeling. Not because I thought I had won, but because it had humbled me to think that I matter... that I still matter after all this time," he says.
Loyiso says the goal has changed for him from making music that just entertains, to making music that people can feel good singing along to.
He says that he will always be grateful to awards like the SAMAs that honour musicians and show them that their work is worth all the long hours of hard work and encourages them to reach newer heights.