The streets of Giyani were abuzz on the 25th of March 2017 as fans were rushing through still traffic to Giyani Stadium to see and support their favourite artists at the Munghana Lonene FM’s 14thXitsonga Music Awards which took place in the Limpopo province.
MC’s of the night were Munghana Lonene FM’s very own Quinton Baloyi aka ‘Quintonizer’ and Thembi Thobela aka ‘Thembzana Reloaded’, who entertained thousands of Xitsonga music fans at the packed to capacity stadium. The crowd was entertained with energetic performances by Mr Bow, General Muzka, King Monada, Joe Shirimani, DJ Ganyani, Penny Penny, Ntando, Kwesta, Dr Thomas Chauke, Arthur Mafokate, Brian Bomba and the much anticipated Benny Mayengani.
Munghana Lonene FM Station Manager: Mr Lawrence Ubisi stated: “We are very happy about the turnout of our listeners at these awards, the mood of the revellers and fans can be noted from their peaceful behaviour. As a station, we really appreciate how peaceful they have conducted themselves this is one of the most talked about party in the events calendar of the province. We would like to congratulate all the winners and also encouraged our artists to start preparing music releases in different genres to be nominated in the various categories for the next instalment of Xitsonga Music Awards to be held on the first week of November 2017.”
He went on to state that the station will continue to thank and appreciate its listeners for supporting this event, and their wish as a station is to see these awards attract people from neighbouring countries like Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland and Namibia. Lawrence also stated that the station would like to thank all sponsors of categories, sponsors of XMA14, the host Giyani municipality, platinum sponsor Mopani District Municipality. “We also thank the Department of Arts and Culture, National Heritage Council, SAMRO, Hollywood Bets and the artists who performed on the day. We thank the service providers from hospitality to sound and stage, catering and security services, JOC and all who contributed to the major success of this event especially the staff of Munghana Lonene FM,” he said.
Present amongst guests was Western Cape PGM, Mr James Shikwambana, who was also in awe of how supportive Vatsonga are to their music and their artists. “This kind of love and support from fans is sure to move any artist. Munghana Lonene FM knows how to make people happy. Let’s look forward to an eventful joyous night,” He said.
Below is the list of the winners from the XMA14
Best Xitsonga Newcomer: Daniel Brothers
Best Xitsonga Gospel: Themba Nyathi
Best Xitsonga Disco: General Muzka
Best Xitsonga RnB: Daniel Brothers
Best Xitsonga House: Themba Nyathi
Best Xitsonga Duo/Group: Joe Shirimani na vana va Ndoda
Best Xitsonga Collaboration: Mhani Madyakubomba na Brian Bomba
Best Xitsonga Male Artist: Eckson Maluleke
Best Xitsonga Female: Florah N’wa-Chauke
Best Xitsonga Most Popular Song: Themba Nyathi – Khanimamba
Best Xitsonga Producer: Candi
Dr Thomas Chauke Artist of the year: Eckson Maluleke
Congratulations to all the winners, it shows that hard work never goes unnoticed.