JOHANNESBURG – Guests at the Wawela Music awards were taken on a musical journey as songwriters’ producers and composers were given their chance to shine.
The award show was held at Monte Casino in Fourways on Friday night.
Beautiful Bulawayo born-songstress Berita was one of those honoured on the night. She walked away with the songwriter of the year award.
“I am still so excited,” she said during an interview with Sowetan Live.
“The awards were about recognising the talent behind scenes and celebrating songwriters, producers and composers. I fell honoured to have been given such an award.”
The “Thando Lwethu” singer is looking forward to releasing her next single. A shona/English song titled Mwana wa mai (My Mother’s child) featuring Oliver Mtukudzi and Hugh Masekela.
“I can’t wait for people to hear it”, she says.
Although many other artists received recognition for their work, the night belonged to legends Dr Thomas Chauke, Jonathan Buthler and Don Laka.
Laka was presented with the catalogue of works award while Butler earned an award for ‘breaking through the borders’.
Shangaan/Tsonga music artist Dr Thomas Chauke was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in brining the genre to the forefront.
Guests were also treated to a performance by Chauke and the ‘Shinyori’ sisters. Pony-tailed Tsonga musician Penny Penny also jumped on stage for a bit of a cameo.
The nigh also featured performances by Don Laka, MiCasa, Zion and RJ Benjamin, Ntokozo Mbambo as well as kwaito legends Mandoza and Kabelo.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
Best Soundtrack in a Feature Film or Theatric Documentary category: Benjamin Willem
Best song or Composition in a Television Production: Brendan Jury
Best Song or Composition in a Television Commercial: Jeremy Loops
Best Song or Composition in a Radio Commercial: Alun Richards
Best Creative Album of the Year: Mi Casa for their album Su Casa
Songwriter of the Year: Berita
Best South African Duo/Group: Mccully Workshop
Best Female Artist & Composer/Co-Composer: Nomfundo Xalavu
Best Male Artist & Composer/Co-Composer: Elvis Blue
– The Sowetan