The Mzansi Kwaito and House Music awards prides itself unearthing and grooming upcoming musical talent that will contributing to the success and sustainability of the Kwaito and House genres in South Africa.
In their mission to make this a reality, MKHMA has made strategic changes to their 2019 categories to keep up with internationally accepted standards and music trends that will cater for an awards show of its stature.
The annual awards ceremony which will be taking taken place on the 30th of November at the Big Top Arena is set to return to Carnival City for the second time in a row. The awards were previously hosted successfully in Soweto but have had to move to accommodate their growing audience who enjoy experiencing the nostalgia brought on by MKHMA.
The Founder and CEO of MKHMA, Ms Perfecta Khumalo encourages all artists to send in their entry forms as this is an opportunity they need not miss out. “I encourage all artists to send their entry forms through. Please read the rules and regulation before you fill in an entry form. I am excited as this year we have a second runner up prize but only for the upcoming Kwaito & House artists. We have so many surprises hence we say, #ZizowaMore.” Says Perfecta. One of the notable changes for 2019 is that upcoming artists will get a prize for the runner up alongside the winner who will receive the award.
The Lifetime Achievement Award which was won by Victor “Doc Shebeleza” Bogopane in 2018, will be awarded to one of our music legends on the night of the awards. The coveted award is presented to an individual who has contributed immensely to the development and growth of South Africa music not only locally, but also to the International market.
A total of 19 categories have also being confirmed for the 4th annual Mzansi Kwaito and House Music Awards show, with organizers mentioning that they will be embarking on a nationwide tour to look out for young talent who will be the future stars that will be taking part in the award show. Categories for the 4th annual Mzansi Kwaito and House Music Award Show are as follows:
- Best Kwaito Artist
- Best New Kwaito Artist
- Best Kwaito Single
- Best Kwaito Radio Personality
- Best House Artist
- Best New House Artist
- Best House Single
- Best House Radio Personality
- Most Voted Song
- Best Collaboration
- Radio Station That Plays Kwaito
- Best Music Video
- Best Producer
- Best New Age Kwaito Song
- Best Kwaito Song (2001-2005)
- Best Kwaito/Gqom Group or Duo
- Best Mapantsula Dance Group
- Best Gqom Artist
- Best DJ
Previous MKHMA winners include Mshoza, Mandoza, Busisiwa, Spikiri and Drencko to name a few. MKHMA is not only about awarding musicians but we also care about developing the future stars who will be carrying the Kwaito and House flame before giving it to the next generation of bright talent. Ona Leburu who is our 2018 winner of the Best Kwaito Radio Personality category while at North West University FM, has now been given a bigger role of being the host of another Kwaito show at Mahikeng FM, in the North West province. MKHMA also played a major part in assisting DJ Miss T get her kwaito mixes played on Transafrica radio as a resident DJ. Through the assistance of MKHMA, the first female Kwaito DJ is a 2 time nominee and former resident DJ at Mahikeng FM.
The nomination submission date opens on the 1st of May and will remain open up until the 31st of July 2019. Entry forms and rules for nomination can be found on the MKHMA website which is www.mkhma.co.za. If you would like more information about the 4th annual Mzansi Kwaito and House Music Awards, Simply get in touch with us by sending an email to [email protected] or check out all MKHMA social media platforms.
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