Date:01 September 2018 - By: Elmon Tshikhudo
The créme of Tshivenda music will once again shine during the fifthTshivenda Music Awards (Tshima) to be held at the Thohoyandou Town Hall on 29 September.
Attended by the captains of the industry, the who’s who of the local entertainment industry, politicians and stakeholders of the Tshima Awards, the final nominees were announced at the Nandoni Riverview Resort just outside Thohoyandou.
The founder and project director, Mr Augustine Nethononda, said that the event was a platform to uplift the plight of local artists and to celebrate their God-given talent while they were still alive. “It’s the pinnacle of the growth and development of local music as we continue to create tomorrow’s legends today,” he said.”
Cllr Mavhungu Ramakhanya of the Venda District Municipality praised the organisers and the musicians for the good work they are doing to uphold culture through their music. She urged musicians to continue producing educative music and further pledged the support of the VDM to the project.
This year, the participants will compete in 15 categories.
One of the fastest-rising stars, the self-proclaimed queen of Manyalo songs, Makhadzi, was the highlight of the evening after receiving four nominations in four different categories. She received nominations in the category of Female artist of the year, Dance artist of the year, Song of the year and the Artist of the year respectively for her popular Shumela Venda Volume 3 album. Takalani Mudau is another artist who managed to secure four nominations in four categories for his album Ntikeni.
Speaking at the event, an excited Makhadzi, who had an electric performance earlier on for President Cyril Ramaphosa during an event at Matsila, said she was humbled by the response. "This is the culmination of the year's hard work. I started this career as a very young girl and have worked very hard to be where I am today. I am happy that the country is now recognizing my talent and with the support I am getting, nothing will stop from reaching the stars," she said.
List of nominees: Tshima 2018
Best Tshivenda newcomer artist/Album: Blackz Nover, Jah Chilli, Masana & Phathu F, Bouy Vhusiwana, Phuluo Thenga.
Best Tshivenda indigenous artist/Album: Sikheli Jnr, Vho Musenwa, Mbulaheni Mahada, Malisakholomo Band Vol 4, Vhavenda Cultural Group.
Best Tshivenda Hit Single/Album of the year: Dupa aka Masuvhelelel, Mercy Masakona, Sir Mckleker, Tendy Mcfuzz, Sold Love, Lalamani.
Best Tshivenda gospel album/Artist of the year: Newie, Abbey Mamphogoro, Simba, Phuluso Thenga, Masana, Phathu.
Best African /traditional gospel artist/group of the year: Calvin, Jerry N, Mbavhalelo MMM, Mulafhi na Vhaapostola (Malavuwe), TLT Apostolic Church, Gospel Group Vol 1, Naphy M, Twice.
Best Tshivenda Afro –Soul Artist/Album of the year: Blesser, Mariana, Papa Thile, Takalani Mudau, Virgie M.
Best Tshivenda hip-hop artist/Album of the year: Dovey, GR Flame, Kashflow, Prifix, Pro Heed, Tygaboy, Mukoni, Batondy.
Best Tshivenda Tshingondo Artist/Album of the year: Maanda, Mukhuwa and Devhula Band, Mashudu Ramatsekisa, Tshifhiwa Rabambukwa, Hotboys, Whitey Dama.
Best Tshivenda traditional artist/Album of the year: Adziambei Band, Christopher Mathogo, I kho Bobodana Band Vol 7, Mudzinginyo, Nnae.
Best Tshivenda dance artist/Album of the year: Black Culture, Dupa Aka Masuvhelele, Makhadzi, Lalamani, Sir Mclecker.
Female artist of the year: Mariana, Makhadzi, Mbavhalelo MMM, Newie, Virgie M.
Best Tshivenda male artist of the year: Christopher Mathogo, Naphy M, Ras Canley, Takalani Mudau, Batondy.
Tshivenda song of the year: Dupa aka Masuvhelele, Pro Heed, Lalamani, Makhadzi, Takalani Mudau, Tendy, Mcfuzz, Sold Love.
Best Tshivenda artist of the year: Blesser, Makhadzi, Batondy, Newie, Takalani Mudau.
Best Tshivenda reggae artist/Album of the year: Code Mundalamo, Elekanyani Tshabuse aka The Zion Soldier, Jah Lady Dorris, Jah Soldier, Radical Dread.
Reggae star ElekanyaniTshabuse (left) is interviewed by the masters of ceremonies, Phalaphala FM DJ Shandu and producer Rendani Sikhwivhilu (right).
By: Elmon Tshikhudo
Elmon Tshikhudo started off as a photographer. He developed an interest in writing and started submitting articles to local as well as national publications. He became part of the Limpopo Mirror family in 2005 and has since been a familiar name among the newspaper's readers.