Artistes win awards
The Namibian awards ran concurrently with the South African Music Awards where Afro Pop sensation, Ntando Bangani, scooped the Most Popular Artist and the Most Popular Song of the Year. In Oshakati, Namibia, Mshasho took home four of the awards, in categories closely contested by the Dogg, Sunny Boy and Gazza. Gazza, who is not part of the Mshasho label battled with producer, Elvo Dirrgardt’s artists for the better part of the night. The Dogg won the Best Collaboration award for the song Baby Dont Go which was done with Nasty, while Sunny Boy, another Mshasho product, scooped the Artists’ Choice Award and the Most Promising Artist award for his efforts in the hit-album, Serious. At the 2005 SANLAM Music Awards, Best Collaboration was won by Sonny Boy and Gazza on the track Koko. The Doggs hot-single, Baby dont Go, won the Best Singles Award, while Gazzas Stof-Lap album continued to give his former stage-mates a run for their money when he took home the Best Hikwa, People’s Choice and Best Album award. The 4000 fans that attended the event, in Northern Namibia, visibly enjoyed the Gazza-Mshasho contest. Meanwhile, in South Africa, Ntando scooped all the awards after being voted by the public. The artist was all smiles as he won the Most Popular Artist and Most Popular Song of the Year awards for the single, Dali Wami contained in his new album, Imvelaphi. Mzekezeke scooped the two awards in 2003 and 2004, and stablemate Brown Dash did his own double last year. Ntando’s night of triumph surprised many who were tipping Malaika’s Muntuza or Spikiri’s Current for the Most Popular Song of the Year. Jazz singer Judith Sephuma was the biggest winner on the night with three awards, including Best Female Artist for her album New Beginnings. New revelation, Brickz, struggled to make it to the podium as he was named winner in the Best Kwaito Album and Best Newcomer categories for his debut album, Face-Brick. His producer, DJ Cleo had hopped to the stage to aid his man who was an emotional wreck.