No joy for SA artists

MUSIC legend Brenda Fassie must have danced in her grave on Thursday night when redhot comeback kid Winnie Khumalo paid tribute to her during the Channel O Music Video Awards.

MUSIC legend Brenda Fassie must have danced in her grave on Thursday night when redhot comeback kid Winnie Khumalo paid tribute to her during the Channel O Music Video Awards.

Such was her sizzling performance that even Fassie's son Bongani came close to tears when Khumalo delivered a perfect Weekend Special and Vulindlela in a performance dedicated to the Gugulethu- born star.

I must say that was the only highlight of these prestigious music awards because no Mzansi artist managed to win anything significant.

To my surprise local star HHP lost to Botswana sensation Zeus for his popular Gijima. But when I bumped into her after the show, Khumalo was not happy at all. She had lost in all three categories in which she had been nominated.

Even the rented crowd which screamed her name in each category could not sway the judges. So embarrassing was the affair that even the red hot performances by artists such as HHP and other South African artists were not recognised.

Local musicians were not even acknowleged in the best artist award. For instance, Lira was beaten by Lady May, a Namibian artist. Lira also lost to Mozambican artist Lizah James in yet another category. The Zimbabwean reggae group Buffalo Soldier and Nigerian Art Darey won two awards each.

Khumalo, like most South African artists, went home- empty handed.

I must say I did not feel sorry for Mzansi musicians because they simply don't talk to their fans as far as this competition is concerned.

It was somewhat embarrassing to watch a talented singer like Lira losing out in all three categories she had been nominated in.

Lira and Thandiswa Mazwai both lost out in one category she had been nominated in.

A colleague sitting at the same table with me during the awards ceremony argued that South Africans generally don't vote in such situations.

My complaint is that of the 45million or so people in this country, local musicians should try to convince at least a million.

Maybe the pay television channel must consider taking these ceremony awards elsewhere. It is just too painful to watch our talented singers losing on home soil to their African brothers and sisters.

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